Embedded Linux: Semantics and Reality
Subject:   I don't understand this...
Date:   2003-05-14 02:36:34
From:   anonymous2
The article's author seems to be surprised that many people who mention 'embedded Linux' really mean the 'embedded Linux kernel'. I don't find it surprising though: Linux *is* only the kernel.

The discussion of adjective vs noun is moot: Linux is a noun. 'Embedded Linux' is the same as 'Embedded Linux kernel', and is the basis for embedded systems.

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  • I don't understand this...
    2003-05-16 02:26:42  anonymous2 [View]

    Very long winded article! The same can be written for Linux itself. I.e. when people refer to Linux, do they mean Linux as an operating system (kernel) or is it the broader picture (distribution).

  • I don't understand this...
    2003-05-14 06:47:26  Karim Yaghmour | O'Reilly Author [View]

    What I'm stating in the article is that many people _used_ to mean just the kernel, but that this isn't the case anymore. Many people today use "embedded Linux" in a very broad fashion, which has rendered its meaning difficult to identify if it isn't used as an adjective (ex: by explicitely adding the "kernel" at the end.)