Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Great Gadget Smack-Down Round 4 -- Pre-game Banter

Windows Vs. Linux Smartphones! I currently prefer Windows for my mobile, but that does not mean I would go for anything Windows embedded. I prefer Linux for my router and DSR (digital satellite receiver). The reason for choosing Windows Mobile 5 is that with windows OS, there are a number of software and hardware integrations that are hard to come by from other Mobile OS options. Linux for other devices such as the router or satellite receiver makes more sense because you get more room to play with them by installing custom firmware and enhance their features beyond the manufacturer's embedded capabilities. I guess, there is no clear cut of what is better, choices should be made upon what features and capabilities are achieved by selecting a particular embedded OS.

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