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Is Android the new embedded Linux? (video)

Mar 7, 2013 — by Rick Lehrbaum 805 views

Karim Yaghmour, founder of OperSys founder and a well-known luminary in the real-time and embedded Linux market, led a panel discussion on this topic at the Android Builders Summit in San Francisco last month.

“The idea ignited a lively debate among embedded Linux pros with three of the four panelists ultimately siding with Yaghmour,” writes Libby Clark in a post at “What seemed to be their litmus test? If Android can conceivably be used in ‘classic’ embedded projects, it is embedded Linux.”

Quoting from the panel discussion’s overview…


    “Embedded, in fact, represents a substantial part of Linux’s use. Lately, however, Android has been getting a lot of attention in the embedded world too. At its simplest, Android is a shrink-wrapped embedded Linux distro that has a stable, consistent API, a growing developer community and ODM-friendly licensing. What does that mean for what we’ve known as embedded Linux? Could Android’s benefits make Android the default building block for Linux-based embedded systems? Or will it coexist with what’s already there? Either way, what does Android’s entry in the embedded space mean for the wider embedded Linux community, and, for that matter, Linux itself?

In the one-hour discussion, Yaghmour was joined by panelists Mike Anderson, of The PTR Group; Zach Pfeffer, of Linaro; Tim Bird, of Sony Network Entertainment; and David Stewart, of Intel.

You can view a video of the complete panel discussion below.


Read Clark’s complete synopsis of the session at, here.

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