Originally Published: Friday, 14 January 2000 Author: John Eastman
Published to: news_learn_support/Support News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

MontaVista Invests in Support and Services

MontaVista Software Inc., developer of the Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R) operating system for embedded computers, today announced that as part of its investment in support and services infrastructure the company has hired Kristin Anderson as director of support.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 14, 2000--MontaVista Software Inc., developer of the Hard Hat(TM) Linux(R) operating system for embedded computers, today announced that as part of its investment in support and services infrastructure the company has hired Kristin Anderson as director of support.

Anderson brings with her 16 years of experience at Hewlett-Packard Co. in support and services management, and her hiring completes the MontaVista technical management team.

"Bringing Kristin on board demonstrates MontaVista's strong commitment to a growing list of Hard Hat Linux customers," comments MontaVista Software president and CEO Jim Ready, a pioneer in real-time/embedded operating systems. "Kristin joins a technical team with open source, UNIX/POSIX computing and embedded systems know-how unparalleled in the industry."

Kevin Morgan, MontaVista vice president of engineering, adds, "The open source business model demands a 100 percent commitment to quality support and services, and Kristin is the right person to help MontaVista deliver on that commitment."

Anderson's background in customer management solutions for networking and computer technology, especially in supporting real-time computing, extends MontaVista's technical expertise and subscriber care capacity.

"Helping MontaVista customers leverage Linux for embedded applications is an exciting challenge," says Anderson. "Successful deployment of Linux-based Internet appliances and other pervasive computing products depends on the mix of know-how and solid, professional support that MontaVista can provide."

In her 16-year tenure at HP, Anderson managed the technical support, quality, information engineering and software integration of the HP 1000 Real-Time Computer. Her most recent role was strategic program manager overseeing the design, development and deployment of HP's customer management solution for delivering services and support for HP's computer and networking lines.

At MontaVista, Anderson will lead the support and services team that implements the company's array of subscription services, including telephone, e-mail and on-line technical support; Hard Hat Linux porting and customization; and embedded and real-time Linux professional services.

MontaVista, which debuted its Hard Hat Linux distribution earlier this year, partners with Force Computers Inc., Motorola Computer Group, Ziatech Corp. and WinSystems Inc. Hard Hat runs on those companies' CompactPCI(R) and single-board computer (SBC) platforms, popular choices for use in telecommunications and Internet appliance applications.

For more information about Hard Hat Linux and on MontaVista Software Inc., please call 408/328-9213 or visit the MontaVista Web site: http://www.mvista.com.

MontaVista Software Inc., founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, delivers open-source software solutions for the worldwide embedded software market. MontaVista's principal offering is the Linux(R) operating system tailored for embedded software applications.

MontaVista products include Hard Hat(TM) Linux, a standard off-the-shelf binary distribution of Linux for Power PC and x86 architectures. Hard Hat Linux is supported by a comprehensive tool suite including optimizing compilers for C, C++ and other languages; high-level language debuggers; and performance monitoring tools.

The company's Subscription Plans also provide Linux support, porting and customization services to customers worldwide. MontaVista headquarters are in Sunnyvale, in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

Note to Editors: Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Hard Hat is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers' Group. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.

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