“The who’s who of industry powers supporting the open source
code operating system will expand later this year when Symantec
Corp. plans to port some of its products to Linux. And Adobe
Systems Inc. is taking a hard look at it as well, according to the
two Adobe co-chairmen, Chuck Geschke and John Warnock.
Symantec, Cupertino, Calif., a leader in utilities and antivirus
software, likely will have some products out for Linux within the
year, sources said. Much of last week’s action occurred at
LinuxWorld Expo, here, where the flow of companies supporting Linux
became a flood, with Computer Associates International Inc.,
Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Intel Corp. and Oracle Corp. vowing
to port products to or otherwise support the operating system.
Linus Torvalds, the inventor of Linux, was highlighted at the
expo. Torvalds said he and others are working to port Linux to
symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems and other high-end
hardware, including supercomputers. Torvalds sounded what amounted
to a religious call to arms: ‘We don’t need that many visionaries .
. . I want to do something morally right, and that is Linux to me.’