Hewlett-Packard's new software technology that it claims will revolutionise ecommerce by automating communications between Internet connected devices, will be open source company insiders have revealed exclusively to VNU Newswire.
Developers across the world will be able to use the code for Fremont - due to be launched by HP in San Francisco this week - to create platform independent applications and services for the Fremont environment.
Fremont is a middleware technology that sits between an Internet connected device and an online service provider. Applications possible with Fremont could include software on demand, security, billing and unified messaging all conducted on the fly.
HP decision to make Fremont open source has been driven by its desire to make the technology as widely available as possible. Sun Microsystems was criticised for imposing licensing controls on its Java language, which it eventually lifted late last year.
"We don't want to make the same mistake that Sun made," a company source said.
HP will now be hoping that the developer community embraces Fremont in the same way other open source initiatives, such as Linux and Netscape's Mozilla, have been enthusiastically supported.
Full details of Fremont are being closely guarded by HP and analysts contacted by VNU Newswire were unwilling to offer comment ahead of the launch.
Fremont will form a key part of HP's new Internet 2 strategy, a drive towards providing Internet and ecommerce services. Confirmed to date are partnerships with several Internet portal operators, providing online services to retailers, manufacturers and consumers.
HP also launched an ecommerce hosting service, called Emporium, in Europe last month. The service includes planning, building and hosting a company's Web site. Others deals in areas including security, health monitoring, procurement management and travel are expected to follow.
Source: VNU Newswire
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