"Eighteen months ago it looked neigh on impossible, but today,
leading server hardware makers and the various Linux companies are
becoming increasingly locked together in web of symbiotic
relationships. These, generally loose, alliances are reshaping the
face of the server business."
"Take for example, Compaq. On Wednesday the company announced
plans to sell Linux with its ProLiant range of servers. The company
said it would preload Red Hat Linux 7.0 on its DL360 and ML330
servers. The complete package will include 90 days of hardware and
operating system support as well as configuration and set-up
services. This arrangement is all part of the companies
wide-ranging alliance with Red Hat."
"Now I could equally have looked at any one of the other three
leading server manufacturers. IBM, Dell and Hewlett-Packard all now
have significant partnerships with key Linux distribution vendors -
most Red Hat, but Caldera and Suse also score big with the hardware