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CRN: To Compaq, OS Means Open Source

May 27, 2000, 03:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward F. Moltzen)

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"In an effort to win the hearts and minds of Linux developers, Compaq Computer Corp. said it will open up parts of its proprietary Tru64 operating system. The opening of the code is one step Compaq is taking to curry favor with the open-source movement, even as the company continues to invest in its proprietary operating system, said Tim Yeaton, vice president and general manager of Compaq's Unix business, which includes both Tru64 and its Linux strategy. Yeaton declined to provide details, including which parts of Tru64's source code would be made publicly available."

"Last year, Compaq Chairman Ben Rosen said Compaq would invest $100 million into the marketing and development of its Tru64 platform on AlphaServers,a move that brought cheers from platform loyalists. Since then, Linux has gained momentum in the marketplace and in the minds of software developers, which Compaq sees as key to Tru64's future."

"In addition, Compaq plans to continue to tout the binary compatibility features of Tru64 with Linux, meaning it will pitch to developers the ability to write applications that are able to run on both operating systems."

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