June 13, 2012
Dear Embedded Hardware Manufacturers,
We are embedded Linux developers. This is 2012. What gives?
It’s time embedded hardware manufacturers get with the times. You may be able to fool the suits but you haven’t convinced us. That is, you haven’t convinced us that your semi-walled garden is the way to go. Yes, you offer Linux support in your BSP. But that is no longer enough. You see, we have gotten use to Googling for answers, asking for help on IRC and seeking advice from peers via email. Dial-in support numbers are useless and “live” chats from your website make us feel ill.
We’re tired of hacky build systems that only support your platforms. What does it say about your “Linux support” if your patches aren’t good enough for mainline?
We build our own kernels straight from kernel.org. Support for your
platform should be there. We run OpenWRT on our
own routers at home. Your platform should be there when I type
menuconfig. If you have “secret sauce” that makes your platform better
than the competitors, it better be easy to build, integrate, and use.
In short if you want us to recommend you and your platform to the suits…
- Have a great hardware
- Get your platform into Linux mainline - Sometimes this can make up for slightly weaker hardware
- Get your platform into OpenWRT - Sometimes this can make up for non-mainline Linux support
Embedded Linux Developers