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Subject: Re: vxWorks
From: mooney@oxygen.aps1.anl.gov (Tim Mooney)
Date: Fri, 10 Jun 94 10:09:35 CDT
> The $23K license fee has been very difficult for many members of the collaboration.
> We are going to port to some other real-time operating system as an alternative. We
> will begin this consideration in the very near future. The pricing policy seems to
> have very little flexibility in it for small installations. It is my understanding that
> the node cost are much lower than most RTOS's, so vxWorks is better for large 
> installations. We will examine various aspects:
> cost
> performance
> platforms supported
> functionality

The $23k license is intended, I'm told, for a large team of
developers.  WRS has sold us single-developer licenses ($2300) we can
resell to small development groups affiliated with the APS.  They are
working on how to support small groups not directly affiliated with any
large project, and our rep, (Don Woerner 312-380-1270) is drafting a
letter to the APS Research Directorate on this subject.  Of course,
they'd have a greater sense of urgency if EPICS were visibly moving to
another OS.

Tim

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