RTLinux acquisition from FSMLabs

By Paul Parkinson

I was really pleased to see the news about Wind River’s acquisition of RTLinux hard real-time Linux (ZDnet) from FSMLabs.

Linux is already starting to be used in certain types of Aerospace
& Defence applications due to its maturity (which I discussed in
the previous blogs: ‘Linux in Aerospace & Defence and ‘Linux fit for Defence‘),
but these are mainly non real-time classes of applications where Linux
has provided a good technical fit to the requirements. However, RTLinux
technology extends the reach of Linux into real-time, because it
achieves hard real-time performance where as some other real-time Linux implementations have only achieved soft real-time
and have also forked the Linux kernel with proprietary extensions which
could be a maintenance nightmare on A&D programmes with long
in-service lifetimes.

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