Posted Apr 21, 2008 6:18 UTC (Mon) by man_ls
In reply to: ELC: Trends in embedded Linux
Parent article: ELC: Trends in embedded Linux
I don't know how other companies do it; at my current job they are very brand-conscious, and will go to great lengths to make sure customers are satisfied. Even when it costs the company some money (and against an unquantified loss of reputation). Maybe that is not the best way to do it, but it works for us.
You are right that generic factors cannot be ranked against each other. In this case I believe that factors are to be taken more matter-of-factly: when an embedded developer chooses one OS from those currently in the market, what is more important to them? It seems that in the current crop license fees are not such a differentiator, while development tools are.
Given that some options (such as Debian) are free of licensing costs I take it that a lot of people would be willing to pay for good dev tools as long as code is free. This is only my interpretation; you are right that it can be confusing as to how each factor stacks against the rest.
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