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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
"Kester, Rush W." <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Jun 2000 09:58:03 -0400
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"Kester, Rush W." <[log in to unmask]>
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Yes,  Your right that Ada "shines" in the real-time embedded applications.
Your also right that the subject of an Ada RTOS has also been discussed
several times over.  The drawback are that a successful RTOS requires a high
level of support (IMO impossible with volunteers).  It also fails the
app" requirement that no existing success products are already on the

Doesn't Linux meet your criteria for Open Source?  Linux is very Ada
and is being adapted for use with embedded systems (e.g., HardHat Linux,
BlueCat Linux, etc.).  BlueCat for example, is LynxOS compatible and
desktop and embedded implementations with binary compatibility.

Rush Kester
Software Systems Engineer
AdaSoft at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robin Reagan [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Friday, June 09, 2000 6:38 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Ada RTOS.
> With all the recent talk of an Ada "killer app" I was
> thinking... (I know
> this would not be the popular "killer app" but maybe a micro
> "killer app"
> for the RT community :).
> Ada shines in the real-time/embedded areas (among others)
> this is where its
> roots are! How about an RTOS (written in Ada of course) designed for
> embedded systems (The popular term is "appliance" I think).
> I'm sure this
> has come up before... but why hasn't it been done (or has it?).
> After having worked with vxWorks for the past several months,
> I can't help
> but think that an open source (BSD license perhaps?) modern
> RTOS written in
> Ada should do well if it can be shown to be very reliable, easy to
> configure, and flexible.
> My $2.00 worth (inflation).
> Robin P. Reagan - Software Engineer     [log in to unmask]
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