Red Hat has decided to assign all of its copyrights in the eCos open source operating system to the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

The contribution will enable the FSF to act as the sole copyright steward of the project and work directly with the eCos community and its maintainers on future development.

Red Hat ceased serving as the role of maintainer of eCos in Spring 2002. In conjunction with the eCos development community, Red Hat agreed that it would be best to have all eCos copyrights held by a single party. The FSF has agreed to accept ownership and maintenance of eCos.

“Red Hat continues to have great confidence in the Free Software Foundation as a trusted repository for free software code and projects,” said Mark Webbink, general counsel and senior vice president at Red Hat. “The work of the FSF to promote the development and use of free software is instrumental to innovation of technologies such as eCos.”

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