ELC: Trends in embedded Linux
Posted Apr 20, 2008 12:42 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
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Ultimately everything can be evaluated as money, but cost should never be the only factor. Take legal risks: not all of them can be reduced to cost; the risk of jail time is a good example. The loss of reputation associated with a lawsuit can be more important than the immediate gains.
In the survey there are two factors above cost: "Availability of free, modifiable source code" and "Development tools". The first represents technological independence, which is hard to quantify as a cost but which can be an important strategical (long-term) factor. The second eases development and is probably a short-to-medium-term concern. If the "cost" factor is meant as the immediate payments due to licensing, then it makes a lot of sense.
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