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LinuxPR: Ericsson and Red Hat Form Strategic Initiative in Home Communications

Aug 01, 2000, 18:24 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Ericsson (Nasdaq:ERICY) and Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT) the leading provider of open source Internet infrastructure solutions, today announced a strategic initiative to jointly develop a new range of consumer products and services for home communications."

"International Data Corporation (IDC) research predicts that by 2002, there will be more than 55 million handheld and notebook-style information appliance devices and that by 2005, shipments of these appliances will exceed shipments of PCs. To capitalize on this opportunity, Ericsson and Red Hat will jointly develop consumer products combining existing industry standards such as Java and the latest open source technologies such as Embedded Red Hat Linux. The products will also support existing and evolving standards such as broadband networking and Bluetooth, where Ericsson is a world leader."

"The first product from this partnership is the Ericsson Cordless Screen Phone unveiled at CeBIT 2000, that will be commercially available at the end of this year. Additional Internet services are being jointly designed by both companies, specifically targeting operators (telecommunications, Internet and Application Service Providers) that are increasingly looking to offer consumers new, easy-to-use and innovative levels of service. An example is the upgrading of Ericsson's installed base of products which will enable consumers to use the latest applications and content without having to worry about technical complexities."

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