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MontaVista Debuts Hard Hat Linux 2.0 at ESC Spring
Highlights Stunning Array of Embedded Capabilities

San Francisco, April 9, 2000 - MontaVista Software Inc., the company
powering the embedded revolution, today announced the
much-anticipated 2.0 release of its Hard Hat=81 Linux=AE operating
system. Hard Hat Linux 2.0 is the first embedded OS and tool kit
based entirely on the latest Linux 2.4 kernel and boasts unrivaled
support for embedded processor architectures, CPU boards, and
software components. The feature-rich release spans the universe of
embedded applications, targeting designs as diverse as consumer
electronics, instrumentation/control, and communications
infrastructure. Extremely scalable, Hard Hat Linux 2.0 is equally at
home on deeply embedded, diskless designs with small RAM/ROM
footprints, and in complex business-critical applications, with
stringent "5-nines" availability requirements, running hundreds of
processes and managing massive loads.
The hallmarks of Hard Hat Linux 2.0 are breadth and depth. Hard Hat
Linux 2.0 targets over 20 processors from 5 industry-leading
architectures, includ-ing x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS, and SH
(new to this release). These CPUs populate the 60+ boards supported
in the release, including off-the-shelf production boards and
evaluation/reference platforms from global semiconductor suppliers.
A true embedded systems product, Hard Hat Linux 2.0 focuses on cross
de-velopment capability, with tools available on 8 host environments,
including Red Hat Linux, Yellow Dog Linux, Suse, Mandrake,
TurboLinux, Solaris, na-tive/hosted Hard Hat Linux, as well as under
VMWare on Windows NT/2000.  Consequently, the Hard Hat Linux
host-target matrix boasts over 420 fully tested and supported
Bringing unprecedented power to embedded target systems, Hard Hat
Linux 2.0 boasts over 200 software packages, comprising thousands of
must-have deployable software components. Many are available for the
first time for deeply embedded processors like PowerQUICC, StrongARM,
MIPS, and SH.
"Hard Hat Linux 2.0 is a tribute to the Open Source business model
and to MontaVista engineering excellence," commented Jim Ready,
founder and CEO of MontaVista. "By providing more functionality
across more configurations, we enable embedded developers and OEM
manufacturers to focus on their value-add to speed next-generation
applications to market."

Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition is available direct from
MontaVista and MontaVista distribution channels worldwide as a
product subscription, providing the MontaVista Hard Hat Linux kernel,
utilities, development tools and one year of technical support. It is
open source, royalty-free, and built from 100% pure Linux sources.
Also available for Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition are
expanded add-on capabilities, including packages for embedded Java,
High-Availability, legacy RTOS porting and emulation, and embedded
GUI development.
MontaVista will also make Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Journeyman Edition
freely available for technical evaluation and other uses.  A subset
of Hard Hat Linux Professional Edition, it targets a sampling from
all Hard Hat Linux CPU architectures and hosts on Red Hat Linux. It
can be downloaded from the MontaVista Web site or obtained on CD-ROM
for a nominal charge.
Hard Hat Linux 2.0 Professional Edition will be available the last
week of April 2001, and will be joined by additional functionality
and add-on technologies within 30 days via on-line distribution and
on CD-ROM.
Come experience Hard Hat Linux 2.0 at ESC Spring in booth #122, from
April 10-12, 2001, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
For more information about Hard Hat Linux and MontaVista Software
Inc., please call 408-328-9200 or visit the Web site www.mvista.com.

About MontaVista Software, Inc.
MontaVista Software Inc. is a leading provider of open-source systems
soft-ware solutions for embedded systems. Founded in 1999 by
real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, MontaVista's
principal offering is the Linux operating system and cross
development tools tailored for embedded systems. MontaVista products
include Hard HatTM Linux=AE, a standard off-the-shelf binary
distribution of Linux for x86/IA-32, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS,
Hitachi SH and other microprocessor architectures. Hard Hat Linux
offers developers a family of open source solutions for embedded
design, with targeted offerings for applications ranging from
communications infrastructure to thin-client and edge applications.
Headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley in Sunnyvale,
California, Monta-Vista Software is a privately held company funded
by leading investors such Alloy Ventures, US Venture Partners, RRE
Ventures, WR Hambrecht + Co., and Intel Capital. For more information
about MontaVista, please visit http://www.mvista.com or call (408)

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Hard Hat is a
trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. Intel, Pentium and XScale are
trademarks of Intel Corporation.  StrongARM is a registered trademark
of ARM Limited. PowerPC is a registered trademark of International
Business Machines Corporation.  MIPS is a registered trademark of
MIPS Technologies. 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
E-mail: jsamagond@mvista.com

Patricia Colby
PR Strategy and Business Development
Pacifico Inc.
Phone (408) 293-8600 ext. 340
E-mail: pcolby@pacifico.com