MontaVista Software has celebrated its tenth year in business as a provider of embedded Linux solutions.
has celebrated its tenth year in business as a provider of embedded Linux solutions.
MontaVista officials announced the company's 10-year anniversary on
July 13. Company founder and Chief Technology Officer Jim Ready started
MontaVista in 1999 with the mission to bring the full advantage of
open-source Linux to the embedded market.
Since then the company has remained committed to furthering the
development and innovation of commercialized embedded Linux by enabling
a broad range of architectures, delivering commercial quality and
expanding the tools available for embedded developers, MontaVista
officials said. As a result of this focus and commitment, there are
more than 60 million devices in the market powered by MontaVista Linux
today, the company said.
"At the time the company was founded, the market was highly
fragmented, comprised of many proprietary embedded real-time operating
system offerings. I founded MontaVista with the goal of bringing the
full benefits of open-source Linux to embedded developers," Ready said
in a statement. "People said we were crazy, but we quickly proved
otherwise, and today Linux has become the OS of choice for new embedded
Stephen Balacco, director of the Embedded Software and Tools
Practice at VDC Research Group, said, "MontaVista has been a pioneer
over the last 10 years in the embedded software market with their Linux
product and support offerings. In an ever-changing competitive
landscape they are a trusted supplier, constant innovator and
contributor to embedded Linux and the open-source community. This has
helped foster and accelerate the adoption of Linux as an embedded
operating system for new embedded product designs."
Among the many milestones and company firsts for MontaVista include
that in 2005 the company announced MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade
Edition 4.0, a groundbreaking carrier grade Linux distribution.
MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition has demonstrated 99.99999
Another high point came in 2006 when MontaVista Linux reached the
milestone of being deployed in 40 million devices, and provided support
for 70 processors and 230 boards, which was greater than any other
Linux provider. Then in 2009, MontaVista announced MontaVista Linux 6,
a new approach to embedded Linux development, and Meld, a community for embedded Linux developers.
In addition to Meld
, also in 2009, MontaVista announced support for the Moblin
Linux stack. Moblin is an open source project focused on building a
Linux-based platform optimized for the next generation of mobile
devices including netbooks, Mobile Internet Devices, and in-vehicle
Meanwhile, regarding some of its "firsts," MontaVista also launched
the first commercial embedded Linux for x86, the first Linux for
consumer devices, the first Linux for carrier grade equipment, and is
the first and only Linux vendor to provide Carrier Grade Linux (CGL)
4.0, Linux Standard Base (LSB) 3.0 and IPv6 certification, the company