Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Gelato joins FSG, announces Eclipse 3.0 Itanium port

Gelato joins FSG, announces Eclipse 3.0 Itanium port

The Gelato Federation, a global research community formed by HP in March, 2002 to promote open source software around the Intel Itanium 64-bit architecture, has joined the Free Standards Group (FSG), and has ported the Eclipse 3.0 IDE (integrated development environment) to Itanium.

The Free Standards Group is a body of corporations and non-profit organizations promoting free standards. It was created by the May, 2000 merger of the Linux Standards Base (LSB) and the Linux Internationalization Initiative (LI18NUX).

According to Gelato director Mark K. Smith, Gelato intends to be a proactive member of the FSG that will encourage its members -- which include 30 institutional members representing dozens of spots in the Top500 -- to "make their Linux-Itanium software compliant with the Linux Standards Base (LSB), the prevailing Linux standard."

"Gelato’s mission to facilitate the development of open-source software infrastructure for Linux on the Itanium 2 platform is very consistent with FSG’s goals to ensure that Linux applications and platforms work together seamlessly," Smith adds.

Eclipse 3.0 for Itanium

As its first formal collaboration with FSG, Gelato engineers have successfully ported Eclipse 3.0 to the Linux-Itanium platform. The popular open-source IDE, including source, binary, and all newly rebuilt dependencies, is now available on the Gelato portal, ready to run on any LSB-compliant IA64 system with a properly installed Java Virtual Machine, according to Gelato.

Gelato Engineer Kevin Cernekee of the University of Illinois will be demonstrate Eclipse 3.0 running on an HP Itanium system at this week's LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco.

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