Wind River's open source moves

Summary:Wind River has continued its move toward open source, joining Eclipse and even contributing to SourceForge. I think this is big news, and not just because yet-another proprietary software outfit is dipping its toe in the open source water.

Wind River has continued its move toward open source, joining Eclipse and even contributing to SourceForge.

I think this is big news, and not just because yet-another proprietary software outfit is dipping its toe in the open source water.

Real Time Operating Systems like Wind River's VxWorks go into discrete devices like WiFi gateways and consumer electronics. By linking its software to a robust, scalable operating system like Linux, Wind River offers developers the opportunity to make these devices part of a larger system.

Just as Wind River is tip-toeing into open source, so developers are just tip-toeing into what this means.

  • Anything with intelligence can come under a central control.
  • Anything with intelligence can be coordinated with other devices.
  • Anything with intelligence can be managed remotely.

I think the result will be revolutionary, but what do you think? Let us know in TalkBack.

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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