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Smart Partner: Linuxcare: Still Up And Swinging

Jun 16, 2000, 22:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"With two strikes, Deltabase may hit a Linuxcare homer."

"Deltabase is a Linux knowledge base of Linux and open-source operational equipment specifications and driver support. All of this information has always been available--what program requires which drivers to work with your specific system--but this vital information is scattered all over the Web."

"While any Linux distribution will run on any modern Intel PC, getting Linux to run at top performance is seen as deep technical magic. According to David Sifry, Linuxcare's CTO, Linuxcare is now in the business of "tailoring specific Linux distributions down to specific systems and device drivers." This isn't pie in the sky. Deltabase is already game tested and tried."

"You might have thought that Linuxcare's partners--given its recent tumulus history--might be wary of doing more business with the San Francisco based Linux technical-support firm. IBM disagrees. Indeed, IBM, far from downplaying its Linuxcare support relationship, is expanding it. The most important short-term result of this renewed partnership is that IBM has had Linuxcare port Caldera Systems' OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 to the IBM ThinkPad A20m, a desktop replacement laptop and the T20, a lightweight road warrior using the Deltabase beta."

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