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Linux Extends Reach With Real-Time Capabilities

On its continuing march to the mainstream, Linux is now approaching the frontier of real-time computing. Linux vendors last week forged partnerships and rolled out products that move the open-source operating system into new territory.

TimeSys Corp. (Pittsburgh), a maker of embedded-Linux operating systems and tools, announced that it has partnered with Motorola Computer Group (Tempe, Ariz.) to deliver its Linux-based RTOS to a new VMEbus single-board computer. Similarly, LynuxWorks Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) today will launch a public beta testing program for the latest version of its embedded-Linux operating system, based on the Linux 2.6 kernel, which for the first time incorporates real-time components. Those introductions followed on the heels of a recent announcement by FSMLabs Inc. (Socorro, N.M.) that it is plugging its real-time operating system into two high-speed networks in hopes of moving Linux into a new breed of factory automation and aerospace applications.

News source: TechWeb

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