: If the demand for Linux on MIPS chips is comming from the "embedded"
: systems then things sure have changed since the early days of
: MIPS Computer Systems.
I think it is safe to confirm that yes, indeeedy, the market has changed.
: If fact the original VP of embedded system marketing at MIPS was
: Chet Silvestri, now VP of SPARC embedded systems at SUN.
I know Chet, and Chet was real interested in getting some free OS on
embedded SPARC when I was at Sun.
: Hence I would like to here more about larry's definition of
: "embedded systems" because they sure don't sound like any
: that our semiconductor partners sell to.
I think almost 100% of what I would call embedded Linux on MIPS is for
game platforms. What they really want is a full on Unix environment
that they can use for development/debugging. When they get done,
they want to rip out Linux/Unix and run an app on the bare hardware.
They may eventually want to leave a stripped down Linux in there but I
don't see why today.
What they really want is a reasonable development environment and they are
smart enough to realize they get there fastest with Linux.