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The FLOSS four, then and now.

May 02, 2010, 15:03 (1 Talkback[s])

"Okay, so now that you've downloaded the brand-spanking-new version of Ubuntu, what are you going to run it on?

"A similar question faced Linux users more than a decade ago. Desktop Linux distributions have always run on commodity hardware, but late in the last century a quartet of computer makers went a little bit further:

"HP, IBM, Dell and Compaq formed the principal group of hardware vendors that made high-profile statements of support for GNU/Linux in 1999…

"– Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution

"Granted, the support of which they spoke was really about the deployment of Red Hat Linux in business environments — but even this was a huge deal at the time, and gave both Linux and the FLOSS movement in general some much-needed credibility in the wider world."

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