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32BitsOnline: Interview with Linuxcare's CTO, David L. Sifry

Jun 12, 2000, 16:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Bashaw)

[ Thanks to Norman Wong for this link. ]

"David began by describing the three upcoming major announcements from Linuxcare in detail. On Monday, June 12th, Linuxcare will be announcing the following:"

"Linuxcare will be releasing a new web-based, automated support offering from the Services Division called DeltaBase. This service is geared toward Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that design products for the Linux operating system. ... DeltaBase is a system for tracking differences, or deltas, between distributions."

"...Linuxcare has created a custom Linux solution for IBM based on Caldera Linux 2.4 to support two new Thinkpad laptops. IBM has committed to Linux on all their hardware from main servers down to laptops. They found that there were major issues to be resolved before Linux would be fully supported on laptop units. IBM approached Linuxcare to help them prepare a custom build of Caldera 2.4 on two Thinkpad laptops so that IBM could supply fully loaded systems with Linux pre-installed that supported all Thinkpad hardware. ... IBM made sure that the new Thinkpads have hardware modems included that are fully supported under Linux. Linuxcare resolved all of the hardware issues and also tweaked the video drivers, token-ring network drivers, and kernel for optimum performance on the new units."

"...Linuxcare has completed, at IBM's request, a port of Linux to the Power4 processor, the next generation heart of AS/400 and RS/6000 systems. This news was not supposed to be announced until the official release of the Power4 processor. IBM representatives however posted news of the port to the kernel-notes mailing list."

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