OSDL Unveils Carrier Grade Linux Requirements Definition 2.0

10/14/2003 - The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, announced availability of OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Requirements Definition version 2.0 (CGL 2.0). The Lab also announced support for the latest CGL requirements definition by leading telecommunications network equipment providers Alcaltel, Cisco, Ericsson, NEC and Nokia.

"The next breakthrough market for Linux is in the telecommunications industry," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "The OSDL Carrier Grade Working Group continues to work closely with network operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and network equipment manufacturers to define requirements that will make Linux the standard operating system for telecommunication carriers. The OSDL CGL 2.0 definition puts Linux in the top tier of preferred operating platforms."

This latest requirements definition for next-generation carrier grade Linux offers major advances in security, high availability and clustering. Some of the world's largest network equipment providers are committing to deliver products that incorporate the latest OSDL carrier grade Linux requirements definition.

"Alcatel builds carrier grade solutions for enterprise and telecom service providers. Linux is the most promising standard for operating systems and has a bright future to replace proprietary solutions," said Christof Ebert, director of Software Coordination. "Alcatel has contributed to the CGL 2.0 requirements definition, particularly on the clustering and security aspects. These requirements are a new step in strengthening Linux for use in our carrier class solutions."

"Ericsson has actively contributed to the OSDL V 2.0 requirements for Carrier Grade Linux," said Dr. Jan Uddenfeldt, CTO of Ericsson. "We are very committed to CGL as the basis for an open and robust operating system for telecom applications."

"OSDL CGL 2.0 will enable the development of carrier-grade-quality mobile network systems within a shorter period of time," said Yoshitake Matsuo, associate senior vice president and head of the Mobile Network Business unit at NEC. "NEC has already developed new packet core products, including SGSN/GGSN for 3G networks, using the new CGL-based communications platform. While paying close attention to feedback from the market, we will continue to work on the further development and upgrade of CGL."

"At Nokia, we have long been committed to open standards for our network elements," said Vesa Tykkylainen, vice president, Nokia Networks. "Our active support of OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux 2.0 requirements is consistent with our strategy to provide greater value to our customers and meet their carrier grade needs by using CGL with its high availability features."

The latest OSDL CGL requirements definition defines more than 40 new and enhanced features to support Linux as a carrier grade platform. It is a significant advance on the first version of CGL originally published at LinuxWorld in San Francisco in August 2002. The industry's major Linux operating system vendors, including MontaVista, Red Hat, SuSE and United Linux, have all announced previous support for CGL.

OSDL CGL 2.0 requirements definition is divided into three sections:

The OSDL CGL Requirements Definition, available free online from OSDL at www.osdl.org, is a public reference blueprint for Linux distributions, large end users or Linux kernel developers to build Linux kernel features and associated libraries that are required by telecommunication carriers in their next-generation infrastructure. The definition does not cover carrier applications, which are under development by commercial vendors and open source project members.

The latest CGL Requirements Definition was developed with key contributions from leading Linux distribution companies.

"MontaVista Software is very committed to the success of the OSDL Carrier Grade Linux Specification," said James Ready, CEO and president, MontaVista Software. "The OSDL CGL 2.0 specification is a significant step forward in security and availability functionality, and MontaVista will continue to collaborate with OSDL members and the Open Source community to deliver a CGL 2.0 implementation that meets the needs of our global communication customers."

About OSDL
OSDL - home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux -- is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux in the enterprise. Founded in 2000 and supported by a global consortium of IT industry leaders, OSDL is a non-profit organization that provides state-of the-art computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL members include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, Nokia, NTT Data Intellilink, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SuSE, TimeSys, Toshiba, Transmeta Corporation, Turbolinux, Ulticom, Unilever and VA Software. Visit OSDL on the Web at www.osdl.org.

OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

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