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WideOpenNews: Compaq's Dance-and-Chew-Gum Linux Man

Feb 08, 2000, 23:38 (1 Talkback[s])

"Compaq Computer Corp. is getting more serious about its Linux commitment. The latest signal: it recently named an executive to coordinate Linux programs across Compaq's product lines. Coordination is the key word: 'We were doing a lot of things in Linux, just not in a very coordinated way,' said the veteran exec, Glenn Johnson, who now holds the title of director for Compaq's Linux program."

"...Linux is taking off faster than Compaq or almost anyone else would have predicted, and the company now is signaling a rapid move beyond Linux tokenism. 'The Linux market is expanding,' Johnson said. 'Things that sell a lot of computers are good for Compaq.'

Linux is seen not just as a Windows replacement, but as a Unix competitor as well. 'We made an early decision to support Linux as part of our Unix strategy,' said Johnson, noting that Linux for smaller systems and Unix for larger systems harmonize well in the same enterprise."

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