Real-time operating systems (RTOS) and Linux each bring their own advantages for embedded-systems designers. With an RTOS, designers can build deterministic multi-threaded applications with low memory requirements and fast boot times. However, they’re bound by the feature set and API provided by the RTOS vendor, and the middleware is often an extra cost and may not be fully integrated into the OS. The Linux operating system, by contrast, provides a standard, open-source platform with
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