Linux and open source provider Red Hat has joined the SCOPE Alliance. The SCOPE Alliance, formed in January 2006 by Alcatel, Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia and Siemens, was founded to drive the adoption of open source software and commodity hardware in carrier-grade environments as an alternative to proprietary Unix platforms. SCOPE works with network equipment providers and carriers worldwide to define hardware and software requirements for open platforms in mission-critical telecommunications environments. SCOPE is currently developing requirement profiles for various hardware and software components. Current versions of these profiles are available at the alliance’s Web site.
Red Hat will contribute to the requirements definition process developed by the SCOPE Alliance and interface with the open source development community to prioritize carrier-grade features, roadmaps and timelines. Red Hat will also provide expertise and leadership in all matters related to the commercialization of open source software.