Red Hat is handing over all its copyrights in the embedded real-time eCos open source operating system to the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
The Linux firm announced that it was making the donation to enable the FSF to act as the sole copyright steward of the project.
Red Hat general counsel and executive vice president Mark Webbink said: "Red Hat continues to have great confidence in the FSF as a trusted repository for free software code and projects.
"The work of the FSF to promote the development and use of free software is instrumental to the innovation of technologies such as eCos."
Eben Moglen, general counsel of the FSF, added: "The free software community is grateful to Red Hat for its consistent support of the community's needs and values.
"The Foundation is pleased to work with the eCos community for the protection and improvement of eCos and free software overall."
Red Hat said that it will continue to work with eCos-based software projects such as RedBoot, and that Red Hat Global Engineering Services will continue to address the needs of the embedded systems market.
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