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Open Source Is Hot On HP's Coolbase

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HWP) says now more than even it is committed to open source technologies.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer and printer maker Monday launched Coolbase, a software development platform for creating mobile e-services. The program was created by scientists and engineers at HP Labs' Cooltown research project. While under beta testing, Coolbase received interest from more than 900 developers.

"As a leading Linux and open source advocate, HP is inviting developers to use Coolbase to create new applications and mobile e-services for a truly connected world," says Cooltown project director Gene Becker, of the. "With today's launch of Coolbase, HP continues to move forward on making its vision for connecting people, places and things a reality. Coolbase will let people create their own Cooltown experiences."

The platform consists of several components including software for enabling devices to become smart and Web connected; software for representing people, places and things and a context-aware relationship with each other; supporting hardware and software elements; and sample applications that illustrate the use of these various elements.

Over time, the compnay says it is looking to build a community of leading-edge developers with Coolbase and other HP technologies at the core.

HP is demonstrating Coolbase and sample applications at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in San Diego this week