Wind River Outlines Strategy and Key Open Source Initiatives to Bridge Real-Time and Open Source Device Software - Wind River brings open standards and solutions to Device Software

Optimization (DSO)



- Joins Eclipse as Strategic Developer of newly proposed project for

device software development



- Contributes VxWorks implementation of Transparent Interprocess

Communications (TIPC) to SourceForge



- Collaborates with the open source community projects and key consortia



- Introduces the Device Software Optimization Awareness Program

( http://www.windriver.com/announces/eclipse.html )



    ALAMEDA, Calif., March 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Reaffirming its
 commitment to the shift toward open standards in software development, Wind
 River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   WIND), the global leader in Device Software
 Optimization (DSO) today outlined its strategy to deliver high-value solutions
 to developers seeking to take full advantage of open source technologies. Wind
 River has proposed the Device Software Development Platform project with the
 Eclipse Foundation to accelerate device design development, introduced a
 project at SourceForge around the open source cluster communication protocol
 TIPC, and announced continued work with key open source projects Free Software
 Foundation, Kernel.org, OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Working Group (CGL) and CELF.
 Rounding out an extensive initiative around openness, Wind River has launched
 the Device Software Optimization Awareness Program to foster open innovation
 and provide global interoperability among connected devices.
     (Logo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20041123/SFTU026LOGO )
     As software becomes increasingly complex and time-to-market windows
 shrink, device manufacturers are requiring development solutions that allow
 standardization across multiple projects, operating systems and hardware to
 reduce costs and allow more time to add competitive value. In the past,
 software development practices were often fragmented and required long lead
 times for developing and running intelligent and connected device software.
 Wind River bridges those gaps and addresses the market shift toward
 consolidation, openness and standardization. Integral to this transformation
 is the incorporation of open source technologies with development tools and
 runtime environments. Today's announcements reinforce Wind River's commitment
 to reshaping the device software development landscape by promoting the
 adoption of open standards and facilitating the collaborative development
 model.
     "Wind River has a long history of leading technology design and device
 development," said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer for Wind River. "In
 just nine months, we have gone from zero to sixty in our efforts to embrace
 openness. By enabling device manufacturers across all industries to benefit
 from industry standards and accelerate innovation, Wind River is enabling our
 customers to develop highly sophisticated devices better, faster, more
 reliably and at a lower cost with all the benefits of open source."
 
     Strong Open Source Support
     In keeping with a long tradition steeped in setting the device builders'
 agenda, Wind River is expanding its support of open software development
 through participation in key open source projects. By contributing to Eclipse
 an open framework for device development and offering updates to the TIPC
 protocol that provides the portability of code between Linux and Wind River's
 VxWorks operating systems, the company is fostering a collaborative
 environment to best support the needs of the open source community.
     Already a major contributor in the open source community, Wind River is
 also an active sponsor in key open source initiatives such as the Eclipse
 Foundation, kernel.org, GNU, OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Working Group (CGL) and
 Consumer Electronics Linux Forum (CELF).
     Industry groups and analysts commend Wind River's embrace of openness as a
 way to better leverage development investments:
 
     "Wind River has made outstanding progress over the past year or so in
 fostering open innovation," said Jerry Krasner, founder and principal analyst,
 EMF. "With today's announcements, the company is clearly committed to
 accelerating the shift toward standardization and open development solutions,
 two areas that are absolutely necessary to allow manufacturers to focus more
 on competitive differentiation."
 
     "Open source enables more innovation and can lower the cost of development
 and implementation," said Stacey Quandt, senior business analyst and open
 source practice leader for Robert Frances Group. "The development of open
 standards in open source ensures interoperability, and this holds long-term
 benefits for the device software market."
 
     "Companies have long been hampered by the need to migrate among
 incompatible, proprietary operating systems and tool suites to match specific
 device design requirements," said Rick Lehrbaum, founder of LinuxDevices.com
 and industry pioneer in the embedded computing market. "By embracing open
 source platforms like Linux and Eclipse, Wind River -- the largest supplier of
 proprietary embedded OSes -- is helping to simplify device development, a
 process that has become dominated by spiraling software development costs,
 risks, and schedule slips. The company's new approach, which offers customers
 the choice of either Linux or VxWorks within a consistent, open development
 framework, addresses an important need in the market."
 
     "The OSDL strongly supports community-based initiatives by its member
 companies," said Bill Weinberg, OSDL open source architecture specialist.  "By
 opening its TIPC implementation, by its strategic commitment to Eclipse, and
 by its very visible investments in Linux for device software, Wind River shows
 how companies can build strong business models around Open Source and Linux."
 
     "Wind River's commitment to GCC is demonstrated by its long history of
 promoting its use with VxWorks and a strong desire to see all of our joint
 work on GCC made available in the FSF source trees as soon as possible," said
 Mark Mitchell, chief sourcerer of CodeSourcery and the FSF Release Manager for
 GCC. "CodeSourcery is proud of its work with Wind River in providing GNU
 Toolchains for Wind River's VxWorks Edition and Linux Edition Platforms."
 
     If you would like to learn more about the synergies between Device
 Software Optimization and open source software, please visit
 http://www.windriver.com/announces/eclipse.html .
 
     About Wind River
     Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO).
 Wind River enables companies to develop and run device software faster,
 better, at a lower cost and more reliably. Wind River Platforms are
 pre-integrated, fully standardized enterprise-wide development solutions. They
 reduce effort, cost and risk, and optimize quality and reliability at all
 phases of the device software development process from concept to deployed
 product.
     Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with
 operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com or
 call Wind River at 800-872-4977.
 
     NOTE:  The Wind River logo is a trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc., and
 Wind River is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. All other
 names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of
 their respective companies.
 
 

SOURCE Wind River Systems, Inc.

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