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NY Times: First Central Lab for Linux Research Planned

Aug 30, 2000, 22:12 (0 Talkback[s])

"Thousands of computer hobbyists and software developers who together honed the Linux operating system from their homes and small offices could soon have their first central physical lab for testing new versions of the operating systems and application programs built to run on it."

"In a validation of the growing popularity of Linux, Intel, I.B.M., Hewlett-Packard and several other computer companies plan to announce Wednesday that they will jointly create and finance a laboratory for developing and testing advances in the onetime renegade operating system."

"Working with prominent Linux developers and promoters, the companies said, they plan to open the Open Source Development Lab in Portland, Ore., by the end of the year, then create several satellite offices around the country to support it...."

"Linux developers, industry analysts and participants in the project said a leading reason Linux had not been moved onto these superpowerful computers was that Linux programmers have not had access to the hardware needed to experiment with and test new programs."

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