Lineo and Espial Forge Strategic Alliance for the Internet Appliance Market

Lineo and Espial Partner to Enable 'One-Stop Shopping'

For Java & Linux-based Internet Appliances



Dec 06, 2000, 00:00 ET from Lineo, Inc.

    LINDON, Utah, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lineo, Inc., a leading innovator in
 Linux-based embedded systems, real-time and high availability solutions, and
 Espial, a leading provider of infrastructure software for the Pervasive
 Internet, today announced they will form a strategic partnership and will sign
 a global distribution agreement.  Under terms of the agreement, Lineo will be
 a preferred embedded Linux vendor for Espial TotalIA, the only complete and
 fully integrated software solution for multimedia Internet appliances such as
 WebPADs, screenphones, digital TV set top boxes and in-vehicle computing.  The
 combination of Espial TotalIA running on the Lineo Embedix operating system
 will offer Internet appliance manufacturers "one-stop shopping" for a
 best-of-breed software solution to significantly reduce time-to-market risks
 for their next generation of smart devices.
     "Lineo and Espial have banded together to provide Internet appliance
 manufacturers with a Linux-based software solution that surpasses their
 expectations," said Bryan Sparks, CEO, Lineo, Inc.  "Together we are now
 providing Internet appliance manufacturers with a fully brandable embedded
 software solution while maintaining an extremely small software footprint.
 Our complimentary software solutions will make for a powerful offering to this
 market."
     The resulting solution from this partnership will bundle the Lineo Embedix
 SDK software tools with the Espial TotalIA.  Both companies will market the
 Espial TotalIA for Lineo Embedix, providing an additional sales channel for
 reselling software to the Internet appliance market.
     "Our partnership with Lineo strengthens the smart device element of the
 Pervasive Internet ecosystem," stated Jaison Dolvane, President and CEO of
 Espial.  "We recognize that Linux is a powerful force in the consumer
 electronics market, and that every consumer device will soon be connecting to
 the Internet.  Device manufacturers must deliver feature rich, easy to use and
 branded solutions in record time to be successful.  TotalIA offers device OEMs
 an out-of-the-box solution with significant value and time to market
 advantages by enabling device OEMs to differentiate and focus on innovation,
 core value add, and brand.  Additionally, device manufacturers have instant
 access to the growing catalogue of applications on the devicetop.com developer
 portal."
     The Linux platform offers several advantages for the development of
 Internet appliances.  Linux is a mature and stable OS that is highly modular
 and scalable.  In addition, Linux has a large developer community and large
 base of open source code that makes it simpler to meld the OS with hardware
 and peripherals across smart devices.
     Espial TotalIA is a complete and fully integrated software solution that
 offers a variety of core Internet appliance technologies, which will allow
 device manufacturers to differentiate and customize features to suit their
 needs.  Espial TotalIA includes Espial DeviceTop service delivery platform,
 Espial Escape web browser, Espial Assistant personal information manager and
 Espial Ebox, e-mail client, Tao Group's intent(TM) Java Virtual Machine (JVM),
 and multimedia support for MP3 and Macromedia Flash.
     The Lineo Embedix distribution is an embedded Linux-based software
 solution that adds the power and connectivity of Linux to customized embedded
 devices.  It is engineered specifically for the unique speed, memory and
 storage requirements of embedded devices.  The Embedix operating system is
 based on a popular desktop Linux distribution and is currently available for
 Motorola PowerPC, x86, SuperH and ARM microprocessors.  Embedix technology
 provides the power of Linux, the flexibility of feature selection, and the
 hardware support that enables device manufacturers to create a customized
 kernel for multiple solutions.
 
     About Espial
     Espial is the first company to provide a comprehensive approach to the
 development of software for the next generation of the Internet -- the
 Pervasive Internet.  Partners and customers such as Intel, Motorola, NEC,
 Philips and Sun are helping Espial realize its Pervasive Internet vision,
 where billions of users access highly personalized information through a
 variety of Internet devices.  Uniquely, Espial combines its end-to-end
 technology solution with business partnerships, to create a complete market
 ecosystem.  Espial's product family includes the DeviceTop suite of products
 that includes a browser, email client and personal information manager, which
 accelerates the development of Internet devices; DeviceServer, that gives
 service providers the ability to offer revenue-generating data services; and a
 web portal called devicetop.com that encourages an active community of
 developers to create value-added services.  The company's technology applies
 universally, across sectors such as Internet Appliances, TVs, wireless
 devices, and automotive applications.  Espial has offices in the United
 States, Canada, Europe and Asia.  Visit www.espial.com.
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo, Inc. provides Linux-based embedded systems, real-time and high
 availability solutions that include software, hardware designs and
 professional services.  Lineo's solutions allow OEMs to create devices and
 systems that interact with the Internet while helping OEMs to reduce system
 requirements, per-unit costs and time-to-market.  The company's key product
 lines include:  Embedix (embedded Linux system software), uClinux
 (embedded Linux for MMU-less processors), NETtel (Linux-based Internet
 appliances for secure networking) and High Availability Cluster
 (mission critical Linux cluster solutions).  Contact Lineo at www.lineo.com,
 via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
 
     Lineo and Embedix are trademarks of Lineo, Inc.  Linux is a registered
 trademark owned by Linus Torvalds.  All other products, services, companies
 and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
 

SOURCE Lineo, Inc.
    LINDON, Utah, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lineo, Inc., a leading innovator in
 Linux-based embedded systems, real-time and high availability solutions, and
 Espial, a leading provider of infrastructure software for the Pervasive
 Internet, today announced they will form a strategic partnership and will sign
 a global distribution agreement.  Under terms of the agreement, Lineo will be
 a preferred embedded Linux vendor for Espial TotalIA, the only complete and
 fully integrated software solution for multimedia Internet appliances such as
 WebPADs, screenphones, digital TV set top boxes and in-vehicle computing.  The
 combination of Espial TotalIA running on the Lineo Embedix operating system
 will offer Internet appliance manufacturers "one-stop shopping" for a
 best-of-breed software solution to significantly reduce time-to-market risks
 for their next generation of smart devices.
     "Lineo and Espial have banded together to provide Internet appliance
 manufacturers with a Linux-based software solution that surpasses their
 expectations," said Bryan Sparks, CEO, Lineo, Inc.  "Together we are now
 providing Internet appliance manufacturers with a fully brandable embedded
 software solution while maintaining an extremely small software footprint.
 Our complimentary software solutions will make for a powerful offering to this
 market."
     The resulting solution from this partnership will bundle the Lineo Embedix
 SDK software tools with the Espial TotalIA.  Both companies will market the
 Espial TotalIA for Lineo Embedix, providing an additional sales channel for
 reselling software to the Internet appliance market.
     "Our partnership with Lineo strengthens the smart device element of the
 Pervasive Internet ecosystem," stated Jaison Dolvane, President and CEO of
 Espial.  "We recognize that Linux is a powerful force in the consumer
 electronics market, and that every consumer device will soon be connecting to
 the Internet.  Device manufacturers must deliver feature rich, easy to use and
 branded solutions in record time to be successful.  TotalIA offers device OEMs
 an out-of-the-box solution with significant value and time to market
 advantages by enabling device OEMs to differentiate and focus on innovation,
 core value add, and brand.  Additionally, device manufacturers have instant
 access to the growing catalogue of applications on the devicetop.com developer
 portal."
     The Linux platform offers several advantages for the development of
 Internet appliances.  Linux is a mature and stable OS that is highly modular
 and scalable.  In addition, Linux has a large developer community and large
 base of open source code that makes it simpler to meld the OS with hardware
 and peripherals across smart devices.
     Espial TotalIA is a complete and fully integrated software solution that
 offers a variety of core Internet appliance technologies, which will allow
 device manufacturers to differentiate and customize features to suit their
 needs.  Espial TotalIA includes Espial DeviceTop service delivery platform,
 Espial Escape web browser, Espial Assistant personal information manager and
 Espial Ebox, e-mail client, Tao Group's intent(TM) Java Virtual Machine (JVM),
 and multimedia support for MP3 and Macromedia Flash.
     The Lineo Embedix distribution is an embedded Linux-based software
 solution that adds the power and connectivity of Linux to customized embedded
 devices.  It is engineered specifically for the unique speed, memory and
 storage requirements of embedded devices.  The Embedix operating system is
 based on a popular desktop Linux distribution and is currently available for
 Motorola PowerPC, x86, SuperH and ARM microprocessors.  Embedix technology
 provides the power of Linux, the flexibility of feature selection, and the
 hardware support that enables device manufacturers to create a customized
 kernel for multiple solutions.
 
     About Espial
     Espial is the first company to provide a comprehensive approach to the
 development of software for the next generation of the Internet -- the
 Pervasive Internet.  Partners and customers such as Intel, Motorola, NEC,
 Philips and Sun are helping Espial realize its Pervasive Internet vision,
 where billions of users access highly personalized information through a
 variety of Internet devices.  Uniquely, Espial combines its end-to-end
 technology solution with business partnerships, to create a complete market
 ecosystem.  Espial's product family includes the DeviceTop suite of products
 that includes a browser, email client and personal information manager, which
 accelerates the development of Internet devices; DeviceServer, that gives
 service providers the ability to offer revenue-generating data services; and a
 web portal called devicetop.com that encourages an active community of
 developers to create value-added services.  The company's technology applies
 universally, across sectors such as Internet Appliances, TVs, wireless
 devices, and automotive applications.  Espial has offices in the United
 States, Canada, Europe and Asia.  Visit www.espial.com.
 
     About Lineo, Inc.
     Lineo, Inc. provides Linux-based embedded systems, real-time and high
 availability solutions that include software, hardware designs and
 professional services.  Lineo's solutions allow OEMs to create devices and
 systems that interact with the Internet while helping OEMs to reduce system
 requirements, per-unit costs and time-to-market.  The company's key product
 lines include:  Embedix (embedded Linux system software), uClinux
 (embedded Linux for MMU-less processors), NETtel (Linux-based Internet
 appliances for secure networking) and High Availability Cluster
 (mission critical Linux cluster solutions).  Contact Lineo at www.lineo.com,
 via e-mail to info@lineo.com or by calling (801) 426-5001.
 
     Lineo and Embedix are trademarks of Lineo, Inc.  Linux is a registered
 trademark owned by Linus Torvalds.  All other products, services, companies
 and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective
 owners.
 
 SOURCE  Lineo, Inc.