After Linux may be equipped with real-time capabilities, there is a second hurdle that has to be taken in order to make Linux a general-purpose operating system for embedded systems of all types: certification for its use in a safety-critical environment. The difficulties of such a certification are that, due to its development model, Open Source software per se can not be considered as conformantly developed; in consequence, new certifications procedures have to be developed. For this purpose, two completely different tasks have to be completed. 1. The provision and validation of suitable certification processes and 2. the application of these processes to individual embedded systems. The main advantage of this approach in two steps is that the first step has to be taken only once for all, as the developed processes can be reused without limitation in subsequent projects. This exactly is the goal of the OSADL SIL2LinuxMP community project. Participants in this project can either have their Linux-based embedded systems certified immediately as part of the community approach or use the SIL2LinuxMP documents and tools on their own and run an individual certification process.
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