Highly Anticipated 'Portland' Ready for Prime Time

Portland Project Releases Unified Interface for Desktop Graphical

Environments, Included in Major Linux Community Distributions

Oct 11, 2006, 01:00 ET from Open Source Development Labs

    BEAVERTON, Ore., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Source Development Labs
 (OSDL), the global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of
 Linux(R) and open source software, and freedesktop.org, the open source
 project focused on interoperability and shared technology for X Window
 System desktops, today announced the general availability of Portland 1.0.
 The software is available for download at
 http://portland.freedesktop.org/wiki/ .
     The highly anticipated general release of Portland 1.0, the first set
 of common interfaces for GNOME and KDE desktop environments, today is
 available in major community distributions including Debian, Fedora and
 OpenSUSE. Red Flag and Xandros have committed to including Portland 1.0 in
 their next releases and others are expected to follow. Trolltech's Qt 4.2,
 the primary KDE application framework, is also using Portland 1.0 to
 provide developers with tighter integration with the GNOME desktop
     "For the first time, ISVs are able to port their applications to Linux
 regardless of desktop environment. This release gives ISVs the opportunity
 to increase their customer base and for users to gain access to new
 applications," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "Portland is a success story
 for vendors, developers and users alike -- it's a perfect example of how a
 common need, combined with a distinct community interest, produces
 collaboration and increased adoption of technology."
     "Portland 1.0 opens the way to the creation of a rich Linux application
 infrastructure that will address the diverse needs of our business
 clients," said Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO. "We will see an accelerated
 rollout of real-world Linux solutions since third party software developers
 can now integrate their applications regardless of the desktop deployed."
     Portland 1.0 includes a set of command line tools designed to help
 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) install and integrate their
 applications in the major Linux desktop environments. The programming
 interfaces, built to specifications established by freedesktop.org, provide
 developers with an easy method for executing the most common installation
 and integration tasks. For a full list of Portland 1.0 features, please
 visit http://portland.freedesktop.org/wiki/ .
     "Compatibility for educational applications and other free software
 projects across graphical desktop environments is critical, especially as
 we customize menus to include applications from other products. This makes
 the job OSDL is doing with the Portland Project so important for the
 community," said Agustin Benito, development coordinator for mEDUXa, the
 educational Linux distribution of the Canary Islands Government.
     The Portland Project was born from the first OSDL Desktop Architects
 Meeting in December 2005. A Portland preview was made available in April
 2006 and beta versions were released throughout the summer. The Portland
 Project is expected to be included in the Linux Standard Base, the industry
 standard for interoperability between applications and the Linux platform.
     OSDL's industry-wide initiatives bring Linux ecosystem participants
 together to identify challenges and execute collective solutions. OSDL has
 a track record of success with its initiatives and today sponsors four
 technical working groups: Desktop Linux, Carrier Grade Linux, Mobile Linux
 and Data Center Linux. The Labs also sponsor legal initiatives including
 the Patent Commons Project and, in partnership with the United States
 Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Open Source as Prior Art (OSAPA)
     About freedesktop.org
     freedesktop.org was formed in March 2000 to encourage cooperation among
 open source desktops for the X Window System. An X desktop is a graphical
 environment designed to give a technologically advanced, user-friendly face
 to the X Window System running on UNIX-like operating systems. Most X
 desktops also provide a development infrastructure for writing applications
 that integrate well with the desktop.
     About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
     OSDL -- sponsor of Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, and
 other key developers -- is dedicated to accelerating the growth and
 adoption of Linux-based operating systems in the enterprise. Founded in
 2000 and supported by a global consortium of major Linux customers and IT
 industry leaders, OSDL is a nonprofit organization that provides
 state-of-the-art computing and test facilities to developers around the
 world. With offices in China, Japan and the United States, OSDL sponsors
 legal and development projects to advance open source software as well as
 initiatives for Linux systems in telecommunications, in the data center and
 on enterprise desktops. Visit OSDL on the Web at: http://www.osdl.org/ .
     NOTE:  OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is
 a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property
 of their respective holders.
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