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CNET News.com: Compaq beefs up Linux support

Feb 01, 2000, 17:16 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"Compaq Computer joined IBM, SGI and others in reaffirming its commitment to Linux with new tools and services designed to increase the acceptance of the upstart operating system in the corporate world."

"The open source Linux OS has become an increasingly important alternative for Compaq and its Alpha processor. Alpha is the well-regarded server chip that Compaq acquired when it bought Digital Equipment, a processor on which it has yet to fully capitalize. Earlier this year, Compaq and Microsoft suspended Windows 2000 development on the Alpha processor. By default, Compaq's Tru64 Unix operating system and Linux have become the only viable operating systems available for mainstream Alpha servers."

"Compaq today said it had formed the Linux Program Office for bolstering Linux software development, both within the company and externally with the open source community. The Program Office plans to invest in tools and services that focus on enabling rapid and easy deployment of Linux solutions on Compaq hardware, particularly Alpha and ProLiant servers."

"Despite its big Linux push, Compaq is taking a cautious approach to bringing the Unix variant to its next-generation Alpha server, code-named Wildfire."

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