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Next Generation MontaVista Linux Revolutionizes Embedded Linux Development
MontaVista Linux 6 aligns the embedded Linux supply chain, allowing device developers to fully
leverage both target hardware platforms and the open source community, delivering unparalleled
flexibility in design.
Santa Clara, Calif May 12, 2009 MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux®
commercialization, today announced MontaVista Linux 6, a revolutionary new approach to embedded
Linux development. By delivering Market Specific Distributions, combined with the new MontaVista
Integration Platform, MontaVista gives commercial device developers unparalleled flexibility to
design and deliver products uniquely tailored for their target market.
With the pressure to decrease product development lifecycles, often with fewer resources, the
challenges faced by embedded Linux developers have never been greater. Semiconductor vendors have
become developers of the core Linux technology that enables their hardware and fully exploits its
feature set. Yet Linux developers still lose valuable cycles enabling the hardware, customizing
their systems, and integrating other software and tools. Designers find themselves locked into
early software choices, unable to fully leverage the power of the open source community, and
without the right tools to customize the software to their specific application requirements.
MontaVista Linux 6 addresses these challenges by providing a complete embedded Linux development
environment comprised of Market Specific Distributions, development tools, and the support and
maintenance required by developers to fully leverage the semiconductor Linux technology and
resources from the open source community. This revolutionary approach to embedded Linux fully
aligns the embedded Linux supply chain for the first time. Embedded device developers maintain the
quality, control, and consistency they require to deliver commercial-ready devices to market faster
while having the flexibility to tailor their design to the specific application requirements.
"In the current market, customers are often forced to make a difficult decision on which Linux
technology to start a project with: open source, their semiconductor partner's Linux technology, or
a commercial distribution. That decision always involves making compromises and can be difficult to
move away from once development has begun," said Jim Ready, CTO and Founder of MontaVista. "With
the release of MontaVista Linux 6, we are taking a huge step forward in aligning the Linux supply
chain, giving our customers the flexibility to start quickly, maximize their hardware investment,
and harness the full power of Linux and the open source community. Our customers no longer have to
settle or compromise."
MontaVista Linux 6 is comprised of:
Market Specific Distributions
MontaVista Integration Platform
MontaVista Zone Content Server
MontaVista DevRocket 6
"The continued success of Linux in the embedded market will depend in part on the ability of
developers to tailor Linux to new application platforms," said Chris Rommel, Analyst in the
Embedded Software & Tools Practice at VDC Research Group. "The Market Specific Distributions in
MontaVista Linux 6 offer developers premium, supported solutions that are also feature-compatible
with the semiconductor Linux technology, so that they can quickly initiate new product designs and
limit unnecessary redesign. At the same time, the new MontaVista Integration Platform can help
provide developers with the flexibility and control required to deliver products that are uniquely
tailored to their target market."
Market Specific Distributions (MSD) are new Linux distributions, built on a common framework, and
optimized for the respective hardware platform and its target market. An MSD is designed to support
the full breadth of functionality provided by the semiconductor vendor, be feature compatible with
the semiconductor vendors' Linux technology, and provide the value-add features and quality
MontaVista is known for. Fully supported by MontaVista, MSD's may be customized and optimized for
the target application, allowing developers to easily create a tailored software distribution that
fully exploits the hardware specific features.
The MontaVista Integration Platform is built on open source technology, and allows developers to
easily extend and customize their software stack, while maintaining control over the build process
With the Integration Platform developers can fetch and integrate code from other team members,
outside vendors, or the broader open source community. Since it's built on open source technology,
the Integration Platform supports the standard recipe file formats used throughout the open source
community. This unprecedented flexibility in a commercial solution enables developers to easily
customize their software stacks at all levels, the kernel, device drivers, libraries and
applications. Systems developers can consistently build all target-installed software from source
with just one command and create multiple, reproducible build configurations, or perform
incremental builds as required.
The MontaVista Zone Content Server delivers source code and other content dynamically to the
Integration Platform, freeing the developer from the constant task of searching for new source code
and updates. The developer can identify changes, updates, and dependencies in his code via the
Integration Platform, with the option of incorporating these changes to his build environment.
MontaVista DevRocket 6 the newest release of the MontaVista Eclipse-based IDE for platform and
application development. DevRocket supports the new MontaVista Integration Platform, and MemTraq
memory analysis, along with industry-standard tools for debugging, development, and system
MontaVista Linux 6 is in use by beta customers today, and will be generally available in July,
2009. For more information please visit http://www.mvista.com/mvl6.
About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, Inc. is the leader in embedded Linux commercialization. For over 10 years,
MontaVista has been helping embedded developers get the most out of open source by adding
commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the
MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more
competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with
MontaVista than with any other Linux. To learn more, please visit www.mvista.com
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and other countries.
MontaVista is a registered trademark of MontaVista Software, Inc. All other names mentioned are
trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
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