A "significant portion" of
development teams continue to use Linux as their primary embedded OS, a
recent VDC survey finds. Additionally, the results suggest the trend
will persist, "as the majority of current Linux users surveyed plan to
use Linux again as their primary operating system on future [embedded]
projects."

According
to VDC’s report, key reasons why Linux remains "an attractive operating
system choice for a range of embedded development teams" include:

  • Royalty free run-time costs
  • Advanced networking capabilities and technical features
  • The large base of engineers familiar with the Linux OS
  • And "many other factors"

These
findings from VDC’s latest "Linux in the Embedded Systems Market"
research indicate that Linux will remain one of the leading embedded
operating system choices "into the future," VDC said.

Operating system used on previous embedded project by teams currently using embedded Linux (percent of respondents)
(Source: VDC)




Operating system planned for next embedded project by teams currently using embedded Linux (percent of respondents)
(Source: VDC)