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IBM's alphaWorks Posts Emerging Linux WirelessTechnology

First Linux middleware developed by a Bluetooth TM ** promoter

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Cupertino - 25 Jul 2000: ..IBM alphaWorks today announces emerging Linux-based middleware and applications technology to help common household devices such as telephones, televisions and refrigerators communicate without being cabled together.

The BlueDrekar* middleware, developed by IBM Research, is IBM's first Linux-based middleware based on theBluetooth TM** specification for connecting devices wirelessly. BlueDrekar middleware is available for a free 90-day trial on alphaWorks (www.alphaworks.ibm.com/tech/BlueDrekar). The open source Linux component for BlueDrekar will be made available on developerWorks through links on the alphaWorks site.

Today's announcement affirms IBM's commitment to building a community of independent software vendors (ISVs), major and strategic embedded operating systems (OS), Java and tool vendors around BlueDrekar.

"The BlueDrekar middleware provides the driver that is designed to be compliant with Bluetooth wireless technology," said IBM alphaWorks Manager Daniel Jue. "As a result, developers can concentrate on creating exciting, new interactive applications for the wireless home or office."

Bluetoothwireless technology is expected to emerge as a key enabler of mobile and wireless Internet services. IBM intends to seek certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) (http://www.bluetooth.com/) for compliance of BlueDrekar middleware.

Today's announcement was greeted with praise by the developer community. Linda Campbell, vice president of strategic alliances at QNX Software Systems, (http://www.qnx.com/) said, "We believe IBM's approach will help accelerate widespread adoption of Bluetooth wireless technology and, as a result, bring low-cost wireless Internet services to a broader array of devices."

Adopter Members and Promoters of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) whowish to use the BlueDrekar middleware and application software as a basis for business development and engagement can request the source code by contacting alphaWorks. Licensing costs are dependent on business engagement.

A new technical abstract about Bluetooth wireless technology can be reviewed on developerWorks Linux Zone on www.ibm.com/developerWorks.

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