LynuxWorks, which changed its name and launched BlueCat Linux alongside its older LynxOS RTOS in 2000, has renamed itself to “Lynx Software Technologies.”
In a news announcement, Lynx CEO Gurjot Singh said the company’s “new name reflects broad market adoption of LynxOS and LynxSecure … in connected embedded systems.”
Those who have followed embedded Linux from its formative years may recall that early in 2000 a company named “Lynx Real Time Systems” made waves by releasing “BlueCat Linux” (derived from Red Hat Linux) alongside its proprietary LynxOS RTOS (real-time OS), and then changing its company name to “LynuxWorks” shortly thereafter. The company subsequently participated vigorously in the formation, launch, and promotion of the Embedded Linux Consortium under the helm of then CEO Inder Singh (pictured at the right).
As of this post’s date, virtually all traces of BlueCat Linux appear to have been purged from the company’s website and Wikipedia listing. However, extensive evidence of Lynx’s former embedded and real-time Linux activities is available in our LinuxDevices Archive. Here are a few examples:
- Nov. 22, 1999: Lynx+Linux — a Dual OS Strategy
- May 8, 2000: Lynx + Linux = . . . Lynux
- June 19, 2000: LynuxWorks $35M funding spotlights embedded Linux momentum
- Sep. 29, 2000: Inder Singh: address to the ELC Meeting
- Apr. 13, 2001: Presentation: Embedded Linux Consortium Platform Specification
- Apr. 14, 2001: Opinion: Inder Singh on The ELC Platform Specification
- June 3, 2002: LynuxWorks nets $4M funding and reports positive cash flow
- June 10, 2002: LynuxWorks releases BlueCat RT
- Jan. 20, 2004: First 2.6-based “commercial” embedded Linux distro ships
- Jan. 28, 2004: Article: CEO Interview: Dr. Inder Singh of LynuxWorks
- July 15, 2005: LynuxWorks OS, tools available for PowerPC SoC
- Sep. 18, 2006: Commercial embedded Linux distro, RTOS ABI rev’d
- Sep. 25, 2006: LynuxWorks CEO ascends to visionary role
A market in transition
The LynuxWorks name change is the latest in a decade of transitions among early pioneers of embedded and real-time Linux. In Dec. 2002, Motorola Metrowerks acquired Lineo; in Feb. 2007, Wind River acquired RTLinux from FSMLabs; in June 2009 Wind River was acquired by Intel; and in Dec. 2009 MontaVista Software was acquired by Cavium.
Possibly the only new major software and tools supplier to embark on an embedded Linux journey is Mentor Graphics, which last year acquired the former MontaVista Automotive Technology Platform from Cavium.
BlueCat Linux and beyond
Despite LynuxWorks’s early-2000 launch of BlueCat Linux and its highly proactive participation in the formation and management of the Embedded Linux Consortium, the proprietary LynxOS RTOS has remained the firm’s mainstay throughout its 25-year history.
Lynx Real Time Systems debuted BlueCat Linux in Nov. 1999
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The company added a “Linux compatible” application binary interface (ABI) to LynxOS and successfully marketed its two key products — LynuxOS and BlueCat — side-by-side for several years. But as Linux grew to a dominant position in the embedded market and became well supported by community projects such as Yocto and Open Embedded, and organizations like Linaro, LynuxWorks increasingly focused its attention on a slew of niche applications where its real-time technologies excelled. To date, it’s main successes have been in markets such as aerospace and defense, avionics, medical, industrial, consumer, office automation, transportation, and security applications and devices, says the company.
LynuxWorks is now Lynx Software Technologies
In his announcement of the company’s new name, CEO Gurjot Singh (pictured above) explained: “As the LynxOS RTOS family of products and the LynxSecure separation kernel hypervisor continue to gain increased traction both with our current customers and markets, and with the new Internet connected embedded world, the Lynx Software Technologies name offers the best representation of the company’s forward direction. One reason for this increased adoption of both LynxOS and LynxSecure products is their unique ability to protect connected embedded devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) from advanced cyber threats.”
The Lynx’s current product line includes three main products:
- LynxOS 7.0 — a POSIX-conformant proprietary RTOS (real-time operating system), claimed to offer a high degree of Linux application compatibility through a Linux “ABI” (application binary interface)
- LynxOS-178 — a version of LynuxOS that “fully satisfies the objectives of the DO-178B level A specifications, “meets the requirements for Integrated Modular Avionics developers,” and “is the only time- and space-partitioned RTOS that has been awarded the FAA Reusable Software Component (RSC) certification,” says the company
- LynxSecure — a separation kernel “Type-0” hypervisor that can virtualize guest OSes, including LynxOS and Linux, on embedded, desktop, or server platforms
More details about Lynx Software Technologies are available on the company’s website.