[linux-elitists] Ethicc v. Pragmatics (was: Why haven't you switched to MacOS X yet?)
Wed Jan 15 10:04:45 PST 2003
On Wed, Jan 15, 2003 at 11:32:51AM -0600, Joakim Ziegler wrote:
> I've never quite understood why people want to use the Linux kernel,
> which seems to me to be very geared to normal sized computers, for
> handhelds, myself. What are the advantages, exactly? There are hardly
> any hardware drivers you can reuse, the processor architecture is
> completely different, etc.
Free TCP/IP stack is one of the biggest motivations (and all the
goodness that that brings along like web servers, nfs, remote boot,
etc.). And Linux has been ported to a lot of different processor
architectures already (like the whole embedded PPC and 68X series).
Also no royalties on every unit shipped is a very big motivation.
Embedded companies usually regard initial software development as "free"
because over the long run of a product, it's just noise. It's the "per
unit cost" that is the driving factor of everything. Well that, and
time to market. Linux helps out in both.
(who spent many years in the embedded world)
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