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NetworkWorld: Testing lab [OSDL] to give open-source code an enterprise workout

Sep 30, 2000, 19:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"In addition to funding, the founding corporations will donate high-end servers, storage devices and network equipment for developers to test their open-source software on. While individual companies such as IBM and HP have tested Linux and other open-source software on their own systems, the OSDL will provide a broader, more open environment on which to fine-tune open-source applications, so that they run optimally on machines as large as S/390s or even possibly HP's recently announced high-end Superdome server."

"It could be said that open-source software currently runs the Web. Apache and Linux are two of the most popular software products on the Web, with Apache running on 63% of the world's Web servers and Linux the server operating system for 36% of Web servers. Still, Sun, HP and IBM Unix servers are still used to by most of the very largest Web sites, with their own proprietary operating systems running on the servers. With the availability of high-powered servers for Linux development, Linux may soon see its way into the Web servers of the most elite e-business corporations. Other open-source applications used widely in enterprises also could see improvements as a result of the OSDL, including Samba, a program that lets Linux servers share files across multiple platforms, and the Sendmail e-mail server application."

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