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Lucent Grants U.K. Firm Sole License For Inferno

Jun 21, 2000, 16:21 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd Spangler)

"A small British software company thinks it has the right business model to turn Inferno - the operating system developed by Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs - into a powerhouse platform for distributed computing that will rival Linux."

"Michael Jeffrey, Vita Nuova's chief executive, said the company is initiating a new, royalty-free licensing model for Inferno that takes its cue from the open source world of Linux, but with an important distinction: Unlike a traditional source code licensing agreement, Vita Nuova's terms do not require customers to turn the code they develop over to the Inferno community."

"In addition to the new business model, however, Jeffrey said developers will be drawn to Inferno because it is a technically powerful technology for creating network-based applications. For one thing, he said, Inferno is highly scalable, which means it can be embedded into very small devices - it can be used in a mere 30 kilobytes of memory - and it can also run on a variety of processor architectures and larger operating systems (OSes) such as Microsoft's Windows, Linux and Sun Microsystems' Solaris."

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