I just got back from three days at Wind River's first users' conference, where the big news was the company's announcement of several announcements and partnerships. Specifically, Wind River released Linux editions of its general purpose and network equipment platforms and introduced a line of professional services for Linux in specific vertical markets. The company also announced a strategic partnership with Wipro of India and support for Express Logic's ThreadX OS.
But for me, the even bigger news came from my meetings with some of the more than 500 people who had gathered in Orlando, Fla., to discuss device software. I had a chance to meet with most of Wind River's executive team, several of the company's partners and customers, and market analysts from Gartner, VDC, and EMF. While not everyone I met totally bought into the DSO concept, there seemed to be a general agreement that the market formerly known as embedded software is going through a major transformation. Just how big this change will be, and exactly what form it will ultimate take remain open questions. As the TV reporters like to say, only time will tell. But I came away reassured that this thing we're calling DSO is indeed real. Also real, I learned, is the need for device-software tools that can both lower development costs and speed development times. Not bad for three days.