Linux set to dominate in embedded systems

Embedded system manufacturers are increasingly committing to Linux as the operating system of choice, and this migration from more traditional and commercial operating systems is set to continue, according to market research group Venture Development Corporation (VDC).

A recent survey by VDC (Natick, MA) suggests the majority of current Linux users surveyed plan to use Linux again as their primary operating system on future projects.

Asked which operating system they would use in their next project, 71 percent of embedded system engineers who responded said they would opt for Linux on a free distribution basis, 16 percent would use Linux on a paid distribution basis, 12 percent planned to use a commercial OS while just 1 percent indicated they would stick with an in-house developed OS.