IPv6 Creates Opportunity for Linux in Embedded Computing: A Case Study
We recently profiled Compunetix, who delivers audio conferencing solutions to military agencies and their move from a proprietary embedded OS to Linux. Their migration was precipatated by a mandate by the U.S. Department of Defense that all products it purchases have iPv6 support. Our Linux Foundation Training Program helped Compunetix make the move to Linux through custom embedded Linux training.
As Ferhat Cakrak, the Software Development Team Manager at Compunetix, says: “IPv6 is increasingly important in many industries—especially ours. But it’s not easy to implement in a proprietary OS.”
A few years ago, IBM, HP and other Linux Foundation members actually collaborated in a Linux Foundation workgroup to solve the need for IPv6 support in Linux. They rightly knew that without this support Linux would be shut out of government contracts, as well as behind the state of the art in technology. Now Linux is well positioned thanks to multi-vendor collaboration.
As Cakrak says, "“I’m confident our downtime will be minimized with Linux. And since the contribution to the Linux OS is worldwide, bugs are fixed and discovered a lot faster than in traditional operating systems.”
We couldn't agree more. Part of our mandate is to help companies make the transition from proprietary OSes to Linux. Our Linux training program has made great progress in working one-on-one with companies like Compunetix to make this transition.