IBM to license Linux mobile middleware

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- 07 Nov 2000: adds: "Offering BlueDrekar is a first step in extending mobile Internet to Personal Area Networks of pervasive computing and mobile devices. We would like to foster application development and research targeted at the next generation of wireless Internet services and applications utilizing BlueDrekar."

California-based company Keyspan, provider of connectivity products for linking PCs to other home and office devices, chose to license BlueDrekar over other Bluetooth protocol stacks. The company plans to use BlueDrekar in its own Bluetooth applications.

"We examined numerous Bluetooth protocol stacks before licensing BlueDrekar," stated Mike Ridenhour, president of Keyspan. "It is the best option for developers interested in bringing Bluetooth applications to the Linux marketplace next year."

Since August, IBM has made 13 of its "alpha" technologies commercially available on its alphaWorks site. Licenses for pre-product technologies are sold as-is and unsupported.

IBM will be seeking certification from the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) ( for compliance of Bluetooth middleware.

About Bluetooth

Bluetooth wireless technology is emerging as the key connectivity solution for pervasive computing and mobile devices. This inexpensive and low power technology is driven by nine of the world's leaders in computers and communications (3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Toshiba) and backed by over 1800 adapter member companies. IBM estimates the number of devices enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology in 2002 to be between 60-100 million and over 60 million in 2004-2005.

About alphaWorks and developerWorks

developerWorks (, IBM's free, on-line collection of content and resources, enables developers worldwide to build better software and to enhance their technical skills by offering a wealth of tools, tutorials, code, tips, news, white papers and how-to articles focused on open standards and cross platform development. Committed to providing the most informative, reliable and accurate technical information by tapping into IBM and industry leaders; developerWorks content is valuable to developers regardless of their application tool of choice. A major component of developerWorks is alphaWorks (, IBM's emerging technology broker. alphaWorks provides early adopters and innovators direct access to IBM's "alpha" technologies through free download and commercial licenses. Both IBM sites respond to the needs of developers by providing relevant technical content and cutting-edge emerging technologies.

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