August 22, 2002

MontaVista Software releases Preview Kit for MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1

Annette Oevermann writes: MontaVista Software Inc., the company powering the embedded revolution, today announced the immediate availability of a Preview Kit for MontaVista(tm) Linux® Professional Edition 2.1. Designed for developers of embedded applications, the free kit demonstrates several key packages and technologies included in MontaVista Linux Professional Edition.
"The MontaVista Linux Preview Kit lets developers of embedded applications get an understanding of the power of the award-winning MontaVista Linux Professional Edition development platform, easily and without risk," said Sheila Baker, vice president of Marketing, MontaVista Software. "We are convinced this opportunity to experience the performance and the powerful features of our flagship product will make it the development environment of choice for even more embedded developers."

The Preview Kit is designed to use the same network-based development environment as MontaVista Linux Professional Edition, including components such as DHCP, NFS and tftp. With the Preview Kit, developers receive a full MontaVista Linux kernel running on a range of popular reference platforms including eleven processors from six architecture families. The Preview Kit lets developers explore the building and debugging process and invites them to evaluate MontaVista Linux networking and real-time performance capabilities through a variety of tools and software components. It also offers a hands-on preview of the MontaVista developer environment, designed for cross-platform development of embedded applications.

By providing simple yet powerful demonstrations, the Preview Kit also reduces the amount of time developers might otherwise spend "test-driving" a particular operating system/hardware solution. In addition, developers will be able to sample MontaVista Linux LSPs (Linux Support Package) for a range of popular reference platforms. Supporting documentation for the hosts and targets covered in the Preview Kit, representative of what customers receive in the Professional Edition, is also provided to ensure a good user experience.

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition

MontaVista Linux Professional Edition 2.1 is the next generation of the company?s classic and award-winning cross-development platform and set of tool kits. Providing a standard development platform for designs, it enables developers to create a broad range of embedded applications, from solutions for consumer devices to highly available telecommunications and data communications equipment. MontaVista Linux Professional Edition allows developers to focus on their value-add to their customers while enabling them to speed high-performance products to market in a cost-effective manner. For more information, visit


The Preview Kit can be downloaded immediately from MontaVista Software?s Web site at It is available at no charge.

About MontaVista Software

MontaVista Software is a leading global supplier of systems software for intelligent connected devices and their associated infrastructure, for applications ranging from communications infrastructure to consumer electronics. MontaVista powers the embedded revolution by providing GNU/Linux based open-source systems software solutions.

Founded in 1999 by real-time operating system (RTOS) pioneer James Ready, MontaVista Software's principal products include MontaVista (tm) Linux® Professional Edition and MontaVista (tm) Linux® Carrier Grade Edition. The Professional edition comprises a Linux-based embedded source and binary distribution, cross development environments, and a versatile set of tools for the x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, SH, ARM, XScale, Xtensa and other microprocessor architectures. The Carrier Grade Edition is a next-generation high availability product that is the first Commercial Off-The-Shelf Linux (COTS) platform for telecommunications and carrier-grade applications. MontaVista Software also provides several complementary technology products addressing specific customer needs, such as Java development and runtime, powerful graphics capabilities and more.

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, Panasonic and Sony Corporation. For more information about MontaVista Software, please visit, email to or call (408) 328-9200.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. MontaVista is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.


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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