There has been an ongoing battle in recent years within the technology arena between the relative merits of Microsoft's Windows versus the open source platforms, Linux being one of them. Typically, discussions center around desktops or servers but an area often overlooked is embedded systems. Examples of such systems are industrial machines, automobiles, medical equipment, and specialized devices. "With the growing ubiquity of smart devices, the device arena offers action every bit as intense" (LinuxDevices). Both Windows and Linux offer solutions for specialized areas that include devices such as PDAs or handhelds, mobile phones, audio/video applications, even robots. Even though Linux has become more unified under Open Source Definition standards, or more specifically Linux Standard Base, and is making considerable strides in the business world, Microsoft still dominates where it counts, market share. Microsoft is an amalgamated goliath with a huge user base, Linux is open source scattered over 500 various distributions. This paper will give a brief overview of Windows XP, CE and Linux operating systems, followed by an assessment of their respective similarities and/or differences.
Microsoft's initial foray into a "windows" system began with what was called the "Interface Manager" and subsequently renamed Microsoft Windows in September of 1981 (FortuneCity, n.d.). According to Microsoft's official history, Windows began on November 10, 1983 (Microsoft, 2003a) with the release of Windows 1.0, although the development was delayed several times and Windows 1.0 did not hit the store shelves until November 1985 (FortuneCity). Since that time "Microsoft Windows products have evolved from a single, one-size-fits-all desktop operating system into a diverse family of operating systems and mobile technologies"
(Microsoft, 2003b). Windows XP is the fifth major release of Windows (Windows 3x, 95, 98, Me) with a release date of October 25,... [continues]
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