"In addition to funding, the founding corporations will donate
high-end servers, storage devices and network equipment for
developers to test their open-source software on. While individual
companies such as IBM and HP have tested Linux and other
open-source software on their own systems, the OSDL will provide a
broader, more open environment on which to fine-tune open-source
applications, so that they run optimally on machines as large as
S/390s or even possibly HP's recently announced high-end Superdome
"It could be said that open-source software currently runs the
Web. Apache and Linux are two of the most popular software products
on the Web, with Apache running on 63% of the world's Web servers
and Linux the server operating system for 36% of Web servers.
Still, Sun, HP and IBM Unix servers are still used to by most of
the very largest Web sites, with their own proprietary operating
systems running on the servers. With the availability of
high-powered servers for Linux development, Linux may soon see its
way into the Web servers of the most elite e-business corporations.
Other open-source applications used widely in enterprises also
could see improvements as a result of the OSDL, including
Samba, a program that lets Linux servers share files across
multiple platforms, and the Sendmail e-mail server
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