Ericsson doffs its Red Hat to revolutionize home communications

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Ericsson and Red Hat, vendor of open source infrastructure solutions, are to develop a new range of products for home communications.

International Data Corporation research predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information devices. Ericsson and Red Hat will develop products combining industry standards, such as Java, and the latest open source technologies, such as Embedded Red Hat Linux. The products will support broadband networking and Bluetooth.

The first product from this partnership is the Ericsson Cordless Screen Phone, which will be available at the end of this year.

Björn Krylander, vice president of Ericsson Home Communications, said: “Red Hat delivers unique software and expertise in all the areas critical to launch this initiative: the embedded Linux software powering affordable and reliable devices for home communications, the internet servers powering the back end infrastructure and the networking and communications that ties together thousands of loosely-connected mobile devices.”

“Pairing Ericsson’s world leadership in communications and Red Hat’s unmatched open source expertise can accelerate the adoption of open source solutions in the growing home communications market space,” said Matthew Szulik, CEO of Red Hat.

Both companies believe there is huge market of open source and third party developers, that are waiting to design, port and develop new applications, for innovative Linux based products such as those being developed by Ericsson Home Communications.

Ericsson provides total solutions covering everything from systems and applications to mobile phones and other communications tools. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for customers all over the world.

Founded in 1994, Red Hat creates open source solutions for internet infrastructure and post-PC environments. The company is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and has offices worldwide. Red Hat Europe was established in 1999 with headquarters in Surrey, United Kingdom and offices throughout Europe.

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