1999 Linux Symposium

embedded linux revolution


The Embedded Linux revolution: From Toasters to Servers

The commercial and industrial sectors beg for a highly scalable and low cost embedded real time solution. Using embedded Linux as a real time solution offers substantial benefits to closed source or in-house (roll your own) solutions. Opensource Linux derivatives, such as Embedix, BusyBox and uClinux offer lower overall cost of ownership over traditional RTOS and embedded OS solutions. The Linux community provides robust long-term support, in addition to an already proven and stable kernel. Since Opensource solutions minimize time to market, choosing embedded Linux is profitable. Furthermore, Embedix, BusyBox and uClinux are perfect examples of profitable embedded Linux success stories. The success of uClinux is contributed to both commercial and open source community development in porting the code to a variety of microprocessors, piercing the industrial control market. uClinux is now the most powerful operating system for high volume, low cost consumer electronic devices. While skeptics argue that IPO fever currently fuels the Linux business community, reason and logic disagree. Embedded Linux lowers the cost of ownership, and provides simple cross-platform development; both of which increase embedded Linux's profitability.

Michael Durrant

Michael Durrant is co-founder of Rt-Control Inc., a Toronto based embedded Linux hardware and software company. Michael is an Industrial Engineer with a background in Electronics and Computer Science. Since 1998, Mr. Durrant has been a vocal advocate for the commercial use of Linux in the embedded space. Together with Jeff Dionne the founder of the Embedded Microcontroller Linux Project - uClinux, Michael has been responsible for the successful marketing of uClinux and uClinux based hardware products.

Michael Durrant has been involved in the Linux movement since first installing a SLS floppy distribution of Linux using the 0.99.14 kernel. Mr. Durrant a licensed Amateur Radio hobbyist created a Linux based Amateur Radio Internet Gateway while studying at Ryerson This gateway allowed for the inter networking of Amateur radio operators world wide through the Internet. Michael has also conducted seminars on using the TCP/IP Protocol Suite and is actively involved in promoting the use of the AMPRnet a TCP/IP based packet radio network.

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