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Will Atom be a breakthrough Linux Platform?


With all the fanfare surrounding Google's Android mobile platform launch, Linux is

becoming firmly established in the embedded mobile arena. Over the past year Linux

has seen steady adoption in handhelds due to use in Amazon's Kindle, and by

actions of key industry players, such as Sun, who opened Java source code, and

Motorola with the release of Motomagx, and the growing popularity of Firefox 3.

What will these actions mean to embedded systems developers using the Intel®

Atom™ processor?

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platforms will propel even greater use of Linux in innovation mobile devices.

Several key factors will play into the selection of Linux for applications.

First is cost, which is always key in BOM development. Next, is the growing

robustness of the Linux ISV ecosystem,making it easier to implement Linux solutions.

Probably most important is trust. As we all use more and more Linux-based

devices in our daily lives from cellphones to TiVo, we not only get used

to embedded Linux, we like it.

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What impact do you think new Atom-based platforms will have on Linux adoption in


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