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AsiaBizTech: Major PC Vendors Focus on Linux Support

Nov 01, 1999, 17:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Moto Kurihara)

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"Japan's major PC makers are getting serious about the Linux operating system as they are offering new PC servers with Linux pre-installed and services to set up Linux systems for customers...."

"Hitachi Ltd. unveiled its HA8000/InterStation Linux PC server on Oct. 13. It is offered as part of a comprehensive package. The package features three HA8000/30 PC servers, Linux distribution software "Japanese language version of redhat Linux 5.2" for each machine, a backup power supply in case the main supply is disrupted, and a service that provides installation of all the software...."

"NEC and Fujitsu limit their Linux verification work to low-end machines. Fujitsu says that the current version 2.2 Linux kernel is not able to bring out the best performance in machines with more than four processors. NEC cites the same reason, and it adds that when version 2.4 (which will be totally compatible with multi-processor servers) becomes available it will expand its Linux line to include high-end models."

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