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Whitepaper: Linux and Windows square off over devices

Mar 31, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

“There's no question that Windows is king of the Desktop Market and won't lose that status in the immediate future. On the other hand, Linux is well on its way to a dominant position in the Server Market, as evidenced by its doubling of market share during each of the past two years.”

“But what about the third major market for computer operating systems — the vast and largely unseen realm of embedded systems? Does Microsoft reign supreme there, as on the desktop? No way! FAR FROM IT!”

” . . . consider the implications of the fact that the Embedded Market consists of something like 10,000 applications, potentially based on thousands of distinct computer architectures. That's a lot of projects and unique computer architectures to support for any company, even Microsoft. You can imagine why Microsoft might prefer the PC Market with its single architecture, to the Embedded Market with its extreme fragmentation.”

This whitepaper, by founder Rick Lehrbaum, contemplates the looming battle between Linux and Windows over which OS will become the platform of choice in thousands of new “intelligent interconnected devices” to be designed during the next few years — and offers ten reasons why Linux will win.

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