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CNET News.com: Sun takes a shine to Linuxcare's storage software

Aug 05, 2000, 17:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

[ Thanks to Doug Bostrom for this link. ]

"Sun Microsystems has tapped Linuxcare to create software to allow Linux computers to take advantage of Sun's new T3 data storage device, the companies said today. A four-person team at Linuxcare created the driver, which will be released in a week and a half at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, said Linuxcare chief technology officer Dave Sifry. The driver will be released under the General Public License..."

"The contract, along with this week's announcement of Sun's second investment in Linuxcare, is a vote of confidence for Linuxcare, a provider of technical support, consulting and other services for the operating system."

"While a single driver is minor in the vast universe of computing, it's symbolic for Sun, which has been lukewarm about Linux. Linux, a clone of Unix and therefore a cousin of Sun's Solaris operating system, has been embraced by competitors such as IBM, Intel, Dell Computer, Compaq Computer and Hewlett-Packard. Sun chief operating officer Ed Zander, though, has said Linux servers have been eating into sales of low-end Sun servers; he also has said Sun will focus its operating system development on Solaris."

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