Elan Dumps Linux For Windows In New Music Server


From Dr.Dobb’s Portal – In a move to bring more speed, drivers and future applications to its new line of VIA! djII digital music servers, Elan Home Systems has switched from a Linux-based platform to one built on Microsoft Windows XPE (embedded) operating system backed by a more powerful processor.
The new platform triples the overall speed of the system for faster library sorting and control response, allows for faster and easier development of PC and Mac user interfaces, eases programming and simplifies backup and restore capabilities to any network-attached hard drive, said Bob Farinelli, Elan’s president and CTO.

More information available in the Dr.Dobbs article.

I’m amazed that more developers aren’t considering Windows Embedded for their devices, the speed of development, the availability of hardware, device support (and drivers support) the breadth of operating system technologies supported, seems like a no-brainer to me.

– Mike

Comments (2)

  1. 96RT10 says:

    The phrase "backed by a more powerful processor" cracks me up.  The speed has tripled, but how much more power did they have to pack into the hardware to realize these gains?  …and will it run MsBlast/MyDoom/Sasser any better?  All questions that are left unanswered.

  2. mikehall says:

    Don’t forget that Windows XP Embedded is a componentized operating system based on Windows XP Embedded SP2 – you, the developer, get to choose the components and technologies supported on your device, and the open ports on the system – reduced drivers, services, and applications mean a smaller footprint and less surface area for attack – plus, Windows XP Embedded supports virus engines from a number of manufacuters.

    – Mike