OSDL: 22 Companies Now Contributing, Implementing or Supporting Carrier Grade Linux Intel, IBM, HP, Nokia, MontaVista Software Among Those to Discuss Linux

Requirements for Next-Generation Telecommunications Infrastructure at

SuperComm



    BEAVERTON, Ore., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Source Development Labs
 (OSDL), a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to
 accelerating the adoption of Linux, today announced a milestone:  22 major
 companies are participating in and supporting the development of Carrier Grade
 Linux (CGL) specifications.
     The value of CGL will be discussed at a June 24 panel at SuperComm that
 will examine the growing use of Linux in the communications industry. The
 panel includes representatives from OSDL member companies involved in its
 Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) Working Group. The CGL Working Group is a forum for
 the development of requirements and specifications that will accelerate the
 adoption of Linux as the preferred platform for wireless and next-generation
 telecommunications infrastructure.
     The SuperComm panel will be at McCormick Place in Chicago on Thursday,
 June 24 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
     Panelists include:
 
     -- Stacey Quandt, Principal Analyst, Quandt Analytics (Moderator)
     -- Bernard Marclay, Manager, Telco Linux Product Planning and Marketing
        Manager -- France HP
     -- Doug Dreyer, WW Program Director -- Linux Strategy and Business
        Development, IBM
     -- Ron Peck, Director of Platform & Solution Marketing, Intel
     -- Howard Trickey, Director-Computing Sciences Research, Lucent Bell Labs
     -- Robert Monkman, Senior Product Marketing Manager, MontaVista
     -- Timo Jokiaho, Director of Technology, Carrier Grade Platforms, Nokia
     -- Wing Lee, Chief Technologist/Director, ITS Research & Development,
        Sprint
 
     "Since 2001, OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux working group has been working
 closely with network operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and
 network equipment manufacturers to define requirements that will help Linux
 become the preferred operating system for network equipment in the
 communications industry," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "In the past year we
 have seen Linux move into the top tier of infrastructure platforms in this
 industry."
     Twenty-two companies contribute and support CGL's activities. The
 companies include Alcatel, Cisco, Comverse, Ericsson, Force Computers,
 Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel,  MontaVista Software, NEC, Nokia, Novell,
 NTT Data Intellilink, NTT Group, Red Hat,  Sun Microsystems, SuSE Linux AG,
 Timesys, TurboLinux and Wind River.
     "Linux helps reduce time-to-market and operating costs for communications
 platforms," said Roland Chochoiek, Force Computers director of Corporate
 Marketing. "Force Computer's active support of OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux
 initiative is consistent with our strategy to deliver cost-effective, embedded
 computers for our customer's applications and time-to-market requirements."
     "OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux group offers tremendous resources that foster
 collaborative development of carrier-grade capabilities in Linux," said
 Stephen Geary, research and development manager, Linux & Open Source Lab, HP.
 "These resources have enabled HP to augment its carrier-grade Linux portfolio
 to span a wide range of modular, standards-based platforms as well as HP
 Services, including lifecycle management, integration, installation, and
 ongoing operations -- all the things service providers need to make Linux
 their standard operating system of choice."
     "Carrier Grade Linux has taken off and is already being deployed into the
 network. We are seeing significant adoption among network equipment providers
 for MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE)," said Glenn Seiler, director
 of Product Marketing, MontaVista Software. "CGE was engineered and
 comprehensively tested, from the ground up, to address availability in the
 communications network and OSDL feature requirements. Our commitment to the
 OSDL carrier grade Linux initiative has been strong from its inception."
     "OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux initiative is the driving force behind the
 development of a carrier grade version of Linux, and the adoption of this
 emerging open standard," said Stephen Harpster, director of Installation and
 Linux Group, Sun Microsystems. "As a leading provider of Carrier Grade
 systems, Sun fully backs this initiative and is actively contributing its vast
 experience and expertise to the ongoing development of the latest CGL
 specification."
     "Standardization will be key to successful Linux adoption in the
 telecommunications industry," said Glenn Flinchbaugh, Linux program director
 for Wind River. "As the global leader in device software optimization, Wind
 River is committed to working with OSDL to contribute to the CGL specification
 and further CGL as a standard that will help the telecommunications industry
 develop and run their systems better, faster, at a lower cost and more
 reliably."
 
     About OSDL
     OSDL -- home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux -- is dedicated to
 accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 by CA, Hitachi,
 HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, OSDL is a non-profit organization at the center of
 Linux supported by a global consortium of Linux customers and IT industry
 leaders. OSDL sponsors industry-wide initiatives around Linux in
 telecommunications, in the enterprise data center and on corporate desktops.
 The Lab also provides Linux expertise and computing and test facilities in the
 United States and Japan available to developers around the world. 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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