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Press coverage of Metrowerks acquisition of Lineo (aka Embedix)

Dec 17, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

ZDNet, EE Times, and others offer their perspectives on the acquisition of Lineo (Embedix) by Motorola's Metrowerks software tools subsidiary.

ZDNet (UK) editor Matt Broersma writes . . .

“Motorola's Metrowerks subsidiary has moved to beef up its ability to supply software and development tools for non-PC gadgets with the acquisition of Embedix — one of the first companies to put Linux into embedded hardware . . .”

“The move will bring some stability to Embedix, which has undergone several rounds of layoffs and recapitalisation. The backing of a big name such as Motorola could also encourage embedded device makers to take Linux seriously as a contender against competition such as Microsoft's various flavours of embedded Windows, and other proprietary operating systems such as those of VXworks and Wind River Systems . . .”

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EE Times editor David Lammers writes . . .

“The Embedix acquisition fits in with Metrowerks' initiative to offer integrated development solutions to OEMs making handhelds, cell phones, digital televisions, Internet access devices, automobiles and other systems. Over the past 14 months, for example, Metrowerks has worked to provide vendors of wireless phones with hardware reference designs and integrated software support . . .”

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“It's official: Following weeks of speculation, Motorola's Metrowerks embedded tools subsidiary today formally announced that they are acquiring the key assets of Embedix Inc. (formerly Lineo, Inc.), one of the earliest and most popular providers of embedded Linux software and tools . . .”

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