MontaVista Software Expands Presence to Italy

Annette Oevermann writes “SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2003 — MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced the appointment of Italsoft S.R.L as the company’s new distributor in Italy. MontaVista Software currently serves European customers in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and continues to expand its presence to address increasing worldwide customer demand for its embedded Linux products.

Under terms of the agreement between the two companies, Italsoft will market and distribute the complete range of MontaVista products, including MontaVista® Linux® Professional Edition, MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition, MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition, WebSphere® Studio Device Developer, Qt®/Embedded, MontaVista Graphics and Qtopia®. Italsoft will also provide front-line technical support for local software developers.

“The embedded market in Italy is seeking open standards solutions, and we see customers accelerating the migration of their software platforms from proprietary OSes to Linux,” said Claudio Beardo, managing director of Italsoft. “Based on its growth in other parts of Europe, MontaVista Software is recognized as the clear market leader in embedded Linux. Italsoft believes that the MontaVista Linux line of products, known for their robustness and scalability, will meet and exceed the needs of embedded developers in Italy, as well.”

“MontaVista Software is expanding its channel capacity to keep up with the growing market demand for our products in Southern Europe,” said Stéphane Deruelle, sales director, Western Europe, MontaVista Software. “Italsoft has the required resources, industry experience, market presence and customer base to grow the local marketplace and provide support for MontaVista Software,” he added.

About Italsoft

Founded in 1996 and located in Monza by Milano, Italsoft S.R.L. is a leading supplier of complete development tool suites for the embedded market. Italsoft is recognized as a supplier of high-end solutions. The company has been an Agilent Technologies Channel Partner since Italsoft was first established. During this time, Italsoft has distributed Agilent’s logic analyzers and emulator-based solutions. Italsoft has gained a wide customer base varying from telecom up to process control, medical systems and consumer electronics.

About MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and associated infrastructure. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux-based open-source software solutions. Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista offers a family of products under the MontaVista Linux umbrella that address broad-based software developer needs encompassing applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. Multiple editions of MontaVista Linux are available including Professional, Consumer Electronics and Carrier Grade, along with complementary technology products providing powerful Java and graphics development capabilities.

Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley, in Sunnyvale, Calif., MontaVista Software is a privately held company funded by leading investors such as Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., IBM, Intel Capital, Sony, Panasonic (Matsushita), Toshiba America and Yamaha Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit

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Via Massimo d’Azeglio,8 20052 Monza (Milano),
Contact: Mr. Claudio Beardo,
Tel: +39 039 328722,

MontaVista Software,
Joe Samagond,
Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications,
MontaVista Software, Inc.,
Phone (408) 328-9234,

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PR Strategy and Business Development,
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