Red Hat and Wind River Systems of Alameda, CA, have formed a partnership to jointly develop Red Hat Embedded Linux for the device software optimization market.

Red Hat’s Linux will be the foundation of Wind River Linux-based Platforms and will be integrated with Wind River’s development tools, middleware and services.

Under the terms of the agreement, the new Linux distribution will be jointly developed by a team of engineers from both companies that will work out of Red Hat’s engineering facilities in Westford, MA.

By building Wind River Platforms based on jointly developed Red Hat and Wind River technology, the companies say customers will have access to widely deployed Linux technology in the open source community. Developers will be able to standardize device software development across the enterprise with VxWorks, Linux or both.

“Red Hat’s alliance with Wind River will bring open standards to the embedded device market,” said Matthew Szulik, Red Hat president and CEO. “Red Hat’s Open Source Architecture strategy centers on a common Linux code base to enable better application compatibility, security and maintainability from embedded devices to enterprise servers. The combination of Red Hat and Wind River as leaders in our respective markets will advance the device software marketplace.”

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