RidgeRun Enables Broad, Commercial Embedded Linux Usage for Developers Creating Applications for Texas Instruments Digital Signal Processors With Shared Library Support

    SAN FRANCISCO, Embedded Systems Conference, March 13 /PRNewswire/ --
 Driving open-source prevalence further into the mass commercial market,
 RidgeRun, Inc., announced today that it has created dynamic shared library
 support for developers who are creating a broad variety of applications for
 embedded devices.
     With the industry's first shared library support for the ARM7 MMU-less
 Linux environment, developers can use software licensed under the Library GNU
 Public License (LGPL).  RidgeRun made this dynamic link support available with
 its newly released Board Support Package (BSP) for Texas Instruments'
 TMS320VC5471 processor.  Without dynamic link support, developers were
 hesitant to use code licensed under the LGPL if they had a need to keep their
 application code proprietary for various reasons such as partner licensing
 agreements or protecting trade secrets.
     "Today's announcement once again demonstrates RidgeRun's efforts to
 strengthen Linux in the embedded marketplace," said Dan George, Vice President
 of Product Development for RidgeRun.  "Manufacturers of embedded products are
 increasingly moving from home-grown operating systems to Linux-based software
 such as RidgeRun's DSPLinux.  And while many of our customers have code they
 prefer to keep proprietary for various business reasons, they are still very
 interested in contributing to and benefiting from open source development.
 Shared library support makes this possible, and RidgeRun has allowed those
 using MMU-less systems to take advantage of this benefit for the first time."
     Other important benefits of shared library support include reduced memory
 footprint through shared code, and the ability to upgrade libraries used by
 multiple programs in the embedded device.
     About RidgeRun
     RidgeRun exclusively focuses on bringing the reliability and flexibility
 of Linux to embedded Internet appliances based on DSPs (digital signal
 processors).  RidgeRun's DSPLinux(TM) and Escali(TM) platforms leverage the
 power of Texas Instruments dual-core DSP+ARM architectures to deliver the
 performance-leading platform for wireless, broadband and multimedia
 appliances.  RidgeRun can be reached at www.ridgerun.com or by e-mail to
      RidgeRun and DSPLinux are trademarks of RidgeRun, Inc.
      Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in many countries.
 It is used by RidgeRun under license.
      All other products and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of
 their respective owners.
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