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CNET News.com: Computing heavyweights to chaperone Linux onto [high-end] servers

Aug 30, 2000, 14:55 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Computing heavyweights IBM, NEC, Intel, SGI, Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard are joining with Linux companies to coax the operating system into high-end, multiprocessor machines... the computing powerhouses are joining forces to create a laboratory in Oregon where open-source programmers can improve the performance of Linux and associated software on these expensive servers. The new Open-Source Development Laboratory, in which the companies will pour millions of dollars annually, will provide a way for independent programmers to push Linux into this high-prestige domain."

"The partnership also includes the four major commercial sellers of Linux--Red Hat, SuSE, TurboLinux and Caldera Systems--as well as computer maker VA Linux Systems, Linux services company Linuxcare and embedded Linux company LynuxWorks."

"Linux grew up on single-processor computers, mostly those based on Intel chips--not coincidentally, the types of computers that are easy to come by. But finding machines with two processors, much less 32, has been a lot harder for the volunteer crowd of programmers that has built Linux from scratch. As a result, Linux has shown more promise than performance in these powerful and expensive machines."

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