We're planning on moving from an in-house linux bsp to some vendor supported commercial version, due to the need to outsource any startup problem for our projects.
We evaluated both Montavista and Wind River, and:
- Montavista has the longest track record for being an expert in embedded linux, and is actively contributing to the community. Their tools offer little more than standard eclipse device development platform, but their licensing allows for broader platform support and their price is around 50% lower
- Wind River put big money on getting their distro right, and they came up with some really neat tools, like the template/layer method of applying patches, the ports of their analysis tools from VxWorks and the sensorpoints technology which is impressive. They are newer in the market, and seem still wed to their VxWorks product, which gives them most of the revenues. Their price is around 50% more than Montavista's, but maybe the tools are worth it.
Are there any relevant things we didn't take into account? Like stability, support, company health...?