Shared Source and Windows CE

By Doug Gaff I read with some excitement Microsoft's recent announcement of their shared source release of Windows CE 6.0. Microsoft has clearly recognized what many RTOS companies have known for a while – device software developers want and need easy access to the OS source code, both for debugging and for customization. This is a great move that will…

MS taking some pain out of WinCE?

By Mike Deliman Microsoft has released WinCE 6.0 - this time as a "shared source" release, with various enhancements.  Some of the big claims-to-fame: It's the "first commercial hard real-time OS released as a shared-source product". I'm not sure exactly what this means.  Perhaps they're using their source licensing model - "shared sourcing" - as a qualifier?  Since it's the…

Pentagon urges ‘relevant’ R&D

By Paul Parkinson In a recent article in EETimes ('Pentagon urges 'relevant' R&D' , 23rd October 2006, pages 1 & 80), George Leopold reported on a marked shift in US federal R&D funding away from high-risk, high-reward defence research towards technologies needed to counter immediate threats. There appears to have been some indications of this emerging trend in recent years,…

Telecoms equipment can be cool (honestly)

By Paul Tingey Many years ago, at a previous company, I spent my days writing assembler code for the 68302 processor and watched enviously as other (more fortunate) engineers wrote "modern" C++ applications for Pentium-II desktop PCs. In the canteen at lunchtime, no-one wanted to listen to my witty anecdotes about humorous 68K register names. At a technology level, embedded…

“Hugging it Out” with Open Source…

By John Bruggeman Congratulations Microsoft. Responding to your community? Embracing an open source model in a non-trivial way? These are big, admirable steps I thought I would never personally witness. It always makes my day to see another industry leader make business decisions based on the same market premises I believe. Customers want choice and flexibility. For those of us…

POSIX Profiles

By Alex Wilson Well, as work caught up with me I missed the Lisbon experience, but apparently it was raining there anyway - so it was just like home! As I mentioned profiles in my last blog, I thought I would expand on these based on Andrew Josey's presentation [PDF from Open Group Site] to see what they look like…

Four Commercials

By Dinker Charak Four commercials running across India caught my attention. The first one is a TV commercial which shows a couple of tennis players playing over the rooftops and jumping off the building during play. It ends with a person inside one of the buildings managing to catch an excellent return with a digital camera. A voice-over describes the…

Software Core Values

By Maarten Koning What core values do you use when you design software?  For VxWorks, we defined the core values to be small footprint, scalable and modular functionality, high performance, low latency and determinism, and reliability.  Enumerating the core values for software is pretty useful – it allows you to evaluate designs or technology at a high level to see…

Is standards based telecom equipment coming of age?

By Paul Tingey At the beginning of each day I try to spend a little time reading press releases and news items from the various industry sectors I take an interest in. As I read I often find individual items which catch my eye and make me explore a little deeper but, over the last few days, something else became…

Linux in Aerospace and Defense

By Paul Parkinson In a recent blog entry, John Bruggeman considered the role of Linux in Automotive applications. He discussed the blurring of the distinction between car infotainment systems and driver assist systems. This got me thinking about the adoption of Linux in the Aerospace & Defence market, in particular the potential use of Linux and safety-critical avionics and military…