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Past attempts to adapt a general purpose os to the real time needs of the embedded world have never prevailed. Could Linux be different? By Philip Ling.

Linux is the rising star among operating systems. From a purely technical point of view, it shares many of the strengths of open systems, particularly Unix/Posix, were is has its roots.
The benefits of open systems are well known to embedded developers but the diverse nature of the embedded market, and the frequent need for real time, pose a significant challenge to a general purpose, server oriented os like Linux.

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