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Compaq to Offer Linux Advanced Developer's Kit for AlphaServer GS Series Systems

Apr 20, 2001, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul Hubert for this link. ]

Compaq announced that it is offering Linux developers an Advanced Developer's Kit (ADK) for use with its high-end AlphaServer GS Series systems, albeit as an unsupported product.

Developed in close collaboration with the Linux community, the developer's kit provides both documentation and software, including the recommended tools and patches required for running the Linux 2.4 kernel with either SuSE 7.0 or Red Hat 7.0 on the powerful AlphaServer GS Systems.

The ADK follows an initial port of Linux to the GS series, which was accomplished recently through the combined efforts of a team of SuSE developers, and Compaq AlphaServer GS and Alpha Linux engineers. The initial port already has been used by some AlphaServer GS Series customers to run Linux applications on a single partition while their mission-critical applications run on other partitions with Compaq's Tru64 UNIX operating system.

The availability of Linux on the massively scalable AlphaServer systems, which can be used with as many as 32 Alpha microprocessors, also will provide an opportunity for developers to further enhance Linux enterprise-level RAS features and adopt high-end multi-processor technologies, such as NUMA.

Although now available as an ADK, Linux for the AlphaServer GS Series has not been certified with any of the Linux distributions, and standard support from Compaq Services is not available at this time.

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