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.
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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
"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."
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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
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.
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