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IT-Analysis: Cabal to develop SMP Linux lab (OSDL) in Portland Oregon

Aug 31, 2000, 13:14 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gryphon)

"This summer, Linux began throwing its significant weight around the enterprise market. ... This week a new alliance announced itself. Composed of IBM, NEC, Intel, SGI, Dell and HP, their statement claimed they were pooling resources into a shared laboratory in Oregon with the aim of improving symmetric multi-processing for Linux. Also involved in the lab are Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux, Caldera and LynuxWorks, who specialise in an embedded version of Linux."

"The move makes a powerful amount of sense. The Portland based laboratory may well remove the final barriers holding back an open source deluge, by providing an open laboratory with all of the hardware a Linux developer can dream of."

"In the business world Linux has been mopping up, as a useful, licence-free workhorse server that can run cost-effective Apache web-servers, DNS lookups and the like. With symmetric multi-processing in hand, Linux should be able to begin to scale the higher ends of both the server and the desktop markets, perhaps taking Intel's fight to SPARC and PA-RISC, which dominate the high-end world of Unix. Of particular interest here will be development of a 64bit Linux OS for the development on Itanium or McKinley, particularly as Microsoft appear to be late for market on this one."

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