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Open Kernel Labs Community Surpasses 1,000 Members
Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), a global provider of systems software and virtualization technology for embedded systems in mobile devices, today announced that the OKL4 Community, established in December of 2007, has surpassed 1,000 members. In just over six months, the OK Community has succeeded in attracting a worldwide base of developers from 145 countries. This community has played a key role in determining the future of the OKL4 embedded hypervisor, virtualization capabilities and the development environment for mobile devices.

Activities such as local community meet-ups, developer discussions within the developer mailing list, a developer wiki, interaction on blogs and forums, and availability of relevant contentFAQs, tutorials, white papers, manuals, and videos on GeekTVenable members from all over the world to exchange ideas and share tips in a productive environment.

The growth of the OK Community comes largely in response to growth in the embedded mobile handset market, including: the movement to open source application environments; a heightened interest in embedded virtualization to support legacy migration; hardware consolidation benefits for BOM cost savings; and the need to create embedded designs with greater security.

Virtualization was cited as one of the most exciting technologies for new designs in eg3.coms August 2008 Insiders Guide: Embedded Opportunities, which also awarded OK Labs with both its 2008 Editors and Readers Tech Choice Awards. Virtualization, a frequent topic within the OK Community, is one of the primary capabilities of OKL4s embedded hypervisor and its Secure HyperCell technology.

A vibrant community with free exchange of ideas is what drives successful open source software technologies, noted Steve Subar, CEO and president, OK Labs. Our company believes strongly in building a global community supporting OKL4, delivering to our customers a superior virtualization platform for next-generation embedded and mobile applications.

To enhance the effectiveness of the OK Community, the OK Labs support team established rigorous standards for response time to developer inquiries and created a project space within the developer wiki. Moreover, the OK Community is increasingly self-supporting and self-sustaining, with contributors to the forum answering questions and providing feedback to members.

For more information on the OK Community, please visit the community portal: Participants can join the developer mailing list at

2008 Community Milestones:

  • From December 2007 through August 2008, the OK Community Portal received over 20,000 unique visitors
  • The launch of OK GeekTV connected OK engineers to the OK Community providing demonstrations of key concepts required for application of OKL4 technology
  • The launch of the OK Forum offers a flexible communication platform with searchable archives
  • The OK Education Lecture Series launched videos of University of New South Wales Courseworkby Gernot Heiserin Advanced Operating Systems, providing engineers and other community members the opportunity to learn and hone their development skills
  • Local meet-ups at conferences in the US, Australia, and Europe provided community members opportunities to exchange information and ideas face-to-face
  • A project management space on the developer wiki enables developers to collaborate and advance progress around specific projects with other community members
Published Wednesday, September 17, 2008 8:44 AM by David Marshall
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