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Smart Partner: Will Linux Group Burn Sun? - The OSDL may have a hidden agenda against Solaris

Aug 31, 2000, 21:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, Deborah Gage)

"Publicly, the new Open Source Development Lab (OSDL)hopes to promote Linux in the enterprise. But privately, the OSDL-funded by HP, IBM, Intel and NEC USA-may be plotting against Sun Microsystems."

"Unlike earlier Linux partnerships, the OSDL was not driven by pure-play Linux vendors. Instead, as Linux pioneer Red Hat confirms, major hardware vendors started the OSDL in mid-July. To be sure, the OSDL's primary focus is catapulting Linux into the enterprise. But OSDL's hardware members wouldn't mind if Linux somehow manages to eclipse Solaris, too."

"To accomplish that, OSDL's four major hardware members are opening their wallets. While the OSDL partners are reluctant to discuss funding, several sources tell Sm@rt Partner that each of the big four has ponied up at least a million dollars to get the development lab off the ground. Initial funding is expected to climb to $12 million, according to one source close to the project."

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