22 Companies Contribute, Implement, Support Carrier Grade Linux

6/18/2004 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux in the enterprise, announced a milestone: 22 major companies are participating in and supporting the development of Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) specifications.

The value of CGL will be discussed at a June 24 panel at SuperComm that will examine the growing use of Linux in the communications industry. The panel includes representatives from OSDL member companies involved in its Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) Working Group. The CGL Working Group is a forum for the development of requirements and specifications that will accelerate the adoption of Linux as the preferred platform for wireless and next-generation telecommunications infrastructure.

The SuperComm panel will be at McCormick Place in Chicago on Thursday, June 24 from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

Panelists include:

"Since 2001, OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux working group has been working closely with network operators, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and network equipment manufacturers to define requirements that will help Linux become the preferred operating system for network equipment in the communications industry," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "In the past year we have seen Linux move into the top tier of infrastructure platforms in this industry."

Twenty-two companies contribute and support CGL's activities. The companies include Alcatel, Cisco, Comverse, Ericsson, Force Computers, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, MontaVista Software, NEC, Nokia, Novell, NTT Data Intellilink, NTT Group, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SuSE Linux AG, Timesys, TurboLinux and Wind River.

"Linux helps reduce time-to-market and operating costs for communications platforms," said Roland Chochoiek, Force Computers director of Corporate Marketing. "Force Computer's active support of OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux initiative is consistent with our strategy to deliver cost-effective, embedded computers for our customer's applications and time-to-market requirements."

"OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux group offers tremendous resources that foster collaborative development of carrier-grade capabilities in Linux," said Stephen Geary, research and development manager, Linux & Open Source Lab, HP. "These resources have enabled HP to augment its carrier-grade Linux portfolio to span a wide range of modular, standards-based platforms as well as HP Services, including lifecycle management, integration, installation, and ongoing operations -- all the things service providers need to make Linux their standard operating system of choice."

"Carrier Grade Linux has taken off and is already being deployed into the network. We are seeing significant adoption among network equipment providers for MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE)," said Glenn Seiler, director of Product Marketing, MontaVista Software. "CGE was engineered and comprehensively tested, from the ground up, to address availability in the communications network and OSDL feature requirements. Our commitment to the OSDL carrier grade Linux initiative has been strong from its inception."

"OSDL's Carrier Grade Linux initiative is the driving force behind the development of a carrier grade version of Linux, and the adoption of this emerging open standard," said Stephen Harpster, director of Installation and Linux Group, Sun Microsystems. "As a leading provider of Carrier Grade systems, Sun fully backs this initiative and is actively contributing its vast experience and expertise to the ongoing development of the latest CGL specification."

"Standardization will be key to successful Linux adoption in the telecommunications industry," said Glenn Flinchbaugh, Linux program director for Wind River. "As the global leader in device software optimization, Wind River is committed to working with OSDL to contribute to the CGL specification and further CGL as a standard that will help the telecommunications industry develop and run their systems better, faster, at a lower cost and more reliably."

About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)
OSDL - home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux - is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 by CA, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel and NEC, OSDL is a non-profit organization at the center of Linux supported by a global consortium of Linux customers and IT industry leaders. OSDL sponsors industry-wide initiatives around Linux in telecommunications, in the enterprise data center and on corporate desktops. The Lab also provides Linux expertise and computing and test facilities in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. Visit OSDL on the Web at http://www.osdl.org/.

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

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