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CNET News.com: Compaq lets developers try its wares on the Web

Sep 24, 1999, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"The computer maker today announced a test-drive program for software developers interested in its hardware and software. Under the program, developers can try out Compaq hardware and software over the Web rather than get their hands on their own products, said Carl Ramsey, worldwide director of the Compaq Solutions Alliance."

"Compaq launched the Web site in July on a limited basis with an average 2,500 test drivers a week trying out their software on various operating systems, including Linux, Tru64 Unix, and OpenVMS. Initially, only about 2,500 CSA members could access the site."

"The New Technologies Test Drive program, as it is called, does have its limitations. The program is not designed for benchmarking software applications because of the way Compaq's Web servers handle Internet traffic."

"Compaq doesn't currently track operating system popularity but plans to do so later. The data could [be] use[d]... for planning the future of Tru64 Unix and OpenVMS, and expanding support for Linux."

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