Red Hat and Wind River partner on embedded Linux OS

Red Hat has partnered with Wind River Systems to produce Red Hat Embedded Linux.

Red Hat has partnered with Wind River Systems to produce Red Hat Embedded Linux.

While Red Hat is one of the largest distributors of Linux in the world, Wind River already has a strong position in the embedded software market with its VxWorks system and has promised to support both its proprietary platform and Linux, according to industry analysts.

Red Hat Embedded Linux will be based on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux (RHEL). It will be available through Wind River at the beginning of 2005 and sold on a subscription basis similar to RHEL, said Red Hat spokesperson Leigh Day.

The operating system will be developed by a joint set of engineers from both companies.

The initial target market will be the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) portion of the device software market for carrier-grade network equipment such as routers and switches.

Rebecca Reid writes for



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