Linux vs WinCE in my case

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Hi all,

Still searching for answers on the web before we start off with this 'new
terminal' thingy.
I can keep it simple saying the specs for that terminal are like a bus
system, PC104 would be close enough.
We are a 20 employee company specialised in data-communication for
transport-industries. All of wich are service,finance,project,sales and
ofcourse R&D-employees.
We want to use make software:
1. Stable
2. Driver-support
3. Short time to market
4. Nice user interface.

Out of three software-developpers 1 is used to design/build server-side
Delphi-apps for Windows.
Another is used to design/build embedded C for the old 8-bit client. The
third only builds.

So now my question: LINUX or WINDOWS CE?

Please some help would be nice.

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You don't provide enough information to indicate which to choose, but having
worked with both, my advice would be to use Linux unless there's some
compelling reason which pushes you in the direction of CE.

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Borland has Kylix (Delphi) for Linux...

/RogerL

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Roger Larsson
Skellefteċ
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Richard,

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You should take a look at On Time RTOS-32 (http://www.on-time.com ). It's a
Win32 subset real-time operating system. Minimum memory footprint is 16k (not
megabytes!). It supports C/C++ and Delphi and is royalty free.

You can download a free test version from On Time's Web site.

Peter



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Smaller than the original Turbo Pascal?  That must be quite an interesting
subset!  I'll check it out, maybe I can use it in my V20 project.  :^)

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Ron Sharp.



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Another alternative is a small, fast RTOS that works for 8/16/32 bit called
Sciopta -- www.sciopta.com
...it's assembler and C based - royalty free and source code is included....

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Re: Linux vs WinCE in my case
Hi Mark,

For embedded design (GUI) where high availability is crucial :
- Windows CE : this is the fourth major release, what's next ? :-(
- Linux embedded : open source can be a good choice.
- QNX + Photon app builder : not so expensive, and very reliable. You can
  download a free evaluation CDROM at www.qnx.com
- VxWorks + Tilcon : a bit more expensive, but very common RTOS
- eCos : it's free ?

What kind of CPU : x86 only, or real embedded processor (ARM/PPC/XScale) ?

Regards
Emmanuel.

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Future

Don't tell the customer it runs DOS  ;-)

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I cuutrently work as a contractor for a company that
switched to WinCE.   Their product is about to be
released, and to meet their quality goals they are now
reclassifying bugs as features, rejecting them with:
"functions as designed"....

That might be understandable with some minor Windoze
annoyances (there are quite a few of those) but there at least
two severity 2 bugs there that I've found.





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Call it a "proven operating system", e.g.
    http://www.lantronix.com/products/eds/xport /

I agree with David that FreeDOS would be a good choice.


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Or call it a "program loader"



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Sounds to me like it is about time for you to fire your client.



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Nah, regardless of my opinion, the job is a goldmine
because of all the overtime...  ;-)  (which I get because
of others' incompetence and inability to meet deadlines  :-)

The developers originally wanted VxWorks, then from
above it came WinCE.....






Re: Linux vs WinCE in my case
     Either way, you've got a learning curve to surmount. Consultants
could make up for that but, of course, they're costly.
     I'd vote for Linux for a couple of reasons. First, it is capable of
satisfying all of your stated goals. Second, and career-wise, it's where
things seem to be heading. And third, you'll have "free" as well as
"subscription"-based options for where you get the Linux software and
support.
     Take a look at http://linuxdevices.com/ for information, tips and
products using Linux.

Re: Linux vs WinCE in my case
Hi,

Thanks to all that replied (or still intend to).
Nice to know that the little research I did the last few days did came
up with almost these results. So what is better than starting a
project unbiased.

I read the Kylix-specs last week and like those very much. I will
definitly check out all other suggestions you all made but Linux seems
the way to go. One of the extra advantages will be the missing of
license-fees. It didn't appear in my list. Kylix seems to be a perfect
match for the project because we are like day-one Borland-usres; using
the C++Builder-IDE for a C-source-editor and Delhpi at the server
side.

Ofcourse, I could ask my second question; what is Kylix like? But I'm
afraid I'm gonna have to figure that one out myself.
I think a new Linux-newbie is born!

Thnx all!
MARK

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