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UpsideToday: ZDNet’s move into embedded Linux

Apr 27, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Sam Williams, writing at UpsideToday, sees ZDNet's acquisition of as another strong indication of the growing presence of Linux as an embedded operating system in tomorrow's non-PC equipment and devices . . .

“Linux-related properties might be bouncing all over the place on the stock market, but that didn't prevent Internet media giant ZDNet (ZDZ) from grabbing, a 6-month-old website that bills itself as the The Embedded Linux Portal.”

Neither company specified the terms of the sale, but in a press release announcing the acquisition, ZDNet president Dan Rosenweig described, which publishes stories and releases related to the Linux embedded market, as a 'killer site' and praised site creator Rick Lehrbaum.”

“The authority of his content as the last word on embedded Linux applications and devices is underscored by's sponsor list,” Rosenweig said, describing the companies on that list — companies such as Lineo, Motorola, Linuxcare, and Monta Vista Software — as a 'who's who' of the embedded Linux market. “

“Lehrbaum, a 17-year-veteran of the embedded-systems market, launched LinuxDevices on Halloween 1999. Since then, embedded systems have become one of the hottest corners of the Linux development community. The Linux open-platform philosophy is winning over an increasing number of converts in the overly-Balkanized embedded operating systems market, a market which, according to IDC, will begin to exceed the PC market in number of devices shipped by 2002.”

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