Linux in the Embedded Systems Market

Venture Development Corporation (VDC)
According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC), a significant portion of embedded software and systems engineering teams continue to adopt Linux as their primary target operating system. VDC’s research also suggests that this migration may be lasting, as the majority of current Linux users surveyed plan to use Linux again as their primary operating system on future projects.

Linux remains an attractive operating system choice for a range of embedded development teams for a number of reasons, including: royalty free run-time costs, advanced networking capabilities and technical features, the large base of engineers familiar with the Linux operating system, as well as many other factors. These and other findings from VDC’s Linux in the Embedded Systems Market report continue to suggest that Linux will remain one of the leading operating system choices into the future.

Primary Operating System Used by Current Linux Users on the Previous Project (Percent of Respondents)
Operating System for Previous Project

Primary Operating System Used by Current Linux Users Planned for the Next Project (Percent of Respondents)
Operating System Planned for Next Project

While Linux has found its way into a number of embedded industries, one of the key opportunities for Linux over the next several years will be in the mobile phone market, where Linux is quickly becoming a leading application operating system, and manufacturers and telecom operators are rallying to drive more comprehensive, industry-specific Linux-based standards. VDC’s Linux in the Embedded Systems Market report, released in September 2007, explores these and other critical issues within the embedded Linux market.

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