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Aether Ports Wireless Platform to Linux

Wireless applications provider Aether Systems Inc.'s Aether Intelligent Messaging 2.0 is slated to become the first wireless data solution to support the Linux operating system.

AIM 2.0, launched last week, is a wireless communications software and development platform that makes it easy for corporate enterprises and content providers to develop applications that deliver their data across multiple wireless data devices and networks.

This provision will enable enterprises that depend upon Linux to easily deploy wireless data systems that deliver information to mobile clients.

As corporations shift their information technology budgets following Y2K, analysts anticipate significant first-quarter spending on business-to-business e-commerce systems using applications such as supply chain management. Boston-based research firm AMR Research, for example, expects the market for supply chain management solutions alone to grow 48 percent over the next five years, reaching $18.6 billion by 2003.

Aether Systems AETH believes companies will desire to streamline operations by providing connectivity to partners, employees and customer via the Web.

"The Linux operating system is emerging as a popular choice for enterprises in many of Aether's leading markets, including the financial, field automation and healthcare industries," said Aether President and Chief Executive Officer David Oros.

"By integrating Aether's leading wireless data solution with the flexible Linux operating system, Aether will allow corporations and developers to easily create customized, scalable and secure wireless data applications."



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