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PRNewswire: Service Discovery Architecture for Wireless Handhelds Now Available Via Open Source

Jul 10, 2000, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The Salutation Consortium, which provides open information exchange standard called service discovery for multi-platform handheld computers, will offer its reference model Salutation Lite code through an open source arrangement. Now all wireless device developers, and hardware or software manufacturers, member or not, have free access to the code for development and refinement and incorporation into their products. No licensing charges or upfront fees. It is the first known effort specifically regarding service discovery."

"Open source promotes software reliability and quality by supporting independent peer review and rapid evolution of source code," said Robert Pascoe, president of the Consortium. "Open sourcing breaks the dependence on one or a few suppliers and enables hardware and software developers to generate a solution quickly with the added assurance of currency and compliance."

"IBM, a charter member of the Consortium, is solidly behind this open source effort. "We believe that service discovery is key to self-configuring networks in pervasive computing environments. IBM is a staunch supporter of open standards and supports the open source process," said, Jon Prial, Director of Marketing, Pervasive Computing Division, IBM. "The Salutation Lite code in particular gives customers a robust service discovery solution today. Service discovery should not be a propriety control point, rather it should be open, consistent, and leveraged in as many devices as possible."

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