Linux is a popular choice for a wide range of medical devices. Yet due to the critical nature of these devices, manufacturers must take additional precautions. This paper explores the issues that software developers and medical device manufacturers need to take into account in choosing Linux for medical devices. It outlines some regulatory compliance and support requirements for software in medical devices and what to look for in a commercial Linux vendor. It highlights how Wind River addresses these issues by providing a comprehensive solution, including the necessary documentation, services, and support to help build high-performance devices.