Selecting an operating system platform is one of the first decisions an embedded developer must make for any given device design. Whether you are considering migrating from a proprietary to commercial platform, or from one commercial platform to another, the objectives are the same: accelerated time to market; a solid, extensible operating system core that can be used across all projects; superior technologies that support differentiation and address emerging opportunities; and predictability over the device lifecycle. In addition, you want it at the lowest possible total cost from a reputable vendor who will support you throughout the process.
For smart, connected, 32-bit devices requiring rich applications, Microsoft® Windows® XP Embedded delivers six distinct advantages over Linux in the embedded space:
Integrated: An all-inclusive, tool set that delivers faster operating system and application development time
Comprehensive: An operating system foundation with proven performance and reliability
Unmatched: A technology portfolio for building the next generation of devices
Interoperable: Broad interoperability with Microsoft® .NET® enabled applications and services that span devices, PCs, servers and the Web
Proven: A long-term business model that is better aligned with your business
Global: A worldwide system to support and speed overall product development
Lineo responds to Microsoft attack on Embedded Linux
At the end of November Microsoft posted a document on its Web site comparing the Windows XP Embedded and embedded Linux operating systems, with the emphasis on the technical and business inferiority of Linux. Embedded Linux distributors argue that the document not only distorts the value of Linux, but contains inaccuracies.