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Mojo check as embedded Linux turns 10

Jan 22, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Some of the industry's top Linux luminaries will examine the state of embedded Linux on its tenth anniversary next week at the Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. The Jan. 29 panel “Embedded Linux Turns 10; How's its Mojo?” is free with registration.

While identifying the exact “birth” of embedded Linux is no easy task, 1999 saw the first flickering of the explosion of Linux-ready devices that continues to this day. Next week's panel is hosted by one of the industry's pioneers: Ampro and LinuxDevices founder Rick Lehrbaum (pictured above), now a consultant and editor of

Lehrbaum will discuss the past and future, as well as the strengths and weaknesses, of embedded Linux with long-time embedded industry leaders from companies including MontaVista, Performance Technologies (PT), and Wind River. The panelists will also assess the quality and completeness of current development tools, examine the proliferation of Linux-based mobile phone stacks, and evaluate the state of Carrier Grade Linux (CGL).

Been there, done that: (l to r) Jim Ready, Bill Weinberg, John Grana, Glenn Seiler

The panelists and their topics, along with related links from the last decade of embedded Linux, are:

  • Jim Ready, founder and CTO, MontaVista Software — “MIDs and netbooks and handsets, oh my!”
  • Bill Weinberg, independent analyst/consultant, — “An alphabet soup of mobile/embedded Linux consortia”

    John Grana's license plate

  • John Grana, SVP/GM, Performance Technologies — “What's happening in the esoteric world of Carrier Grade Linux?”
  • Glenn Seiler, senior director, Telecom Market Development, Wind River — “How good are Linux's development tools?”


The “Mojo” panel will be held from 11AM to 12:15PM, Jan. 29, as part of the complimentary, one-day Real-Time & Embedded Computing Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., at the Santa Clara Convention Center. More information and registration may be found here.

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