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FreeRTOS FAQ – Amazon

This is a subsection of the full FAQ

Why have Amazon taken stewardship of FreeRTOS?
Do I have to be an Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer to use FreeRTOS?
Can I use FreeRTOS to connect to any cloud service?
Are Amazon also investing in the FreeRTOS kernel as a standalone component?
Have Amazon forked FreeRTOS?

This is a subsection of the full FAQ



Why have Amazon taken stewardship of FreeRTOS?

Amazon Web Services provide more than 100 cloud hosted services that are used by millions of customers, and in all industry sectors. A growing number of AWS services are designed for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, that is, the connection and management of internet connected devices.

Device manufacturers connect their MCU based devices to the cloud to innovate both their products and their business models. However, it takes time to build the security and connectivity components necessary for this connectivity into the device’s software before that innovation can start. A significant proportion of connected MCU devices already run the FreeRTOS kernel, so Amazon chose to provide the FreeRTOS project with the resources necessary to extend their offering into fully integrated security and connectivity libraries, and ensure those libraries can be developed and supported long into the future. That enables FreeRTOS developers to spend less time on library integration, and more time on innovation.

To ensure longevity, Amazon also ensures the wider FreeRTOS ecosystem is strong, so all FreeRTOS kernel users benefit, not just those who connect their devices to the internet. We will continue to add features and support for new architectures going forward. As always, we appreciate user feedback.

Also see the FAQs “Do I have to be an AWS customer to use FreeRTOS” and “Can I use FreeRTOS to connect to any cloud service”.



Do I have to be an Amazon Web Services (AWS) customer to use FreeRTOS?

No. FreeRTOS libraries are provided under the terms of the free and open source MIT license. That means they can be used for any purpose, without restriction.



Can I use FreeRTOS to connect to any cloud service?

Yes. Also see the FAQ “Do I have to be an AWS customer to use FreeRTOS?”.



Are Amazon also investing in the FreeRTOS kernel as a standalone component?

Yes. The first version of the FreeRTOS kernel released under the stewardship of Amazon Web Services (AWS) was FreeRTOS V10.0.0, which contained new features, and simpler licensing.



Have Amazon forked FreeRTOS?

No. Amazon continue to invest in the development of the FreeRTOS kernel.




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