Reuters: Linux maker Red Hat gets new heavyweight backers

“Red Hat Software Inc., a top supplier of Linux, an alternative
computer operating system to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software, on
Tuesday said that four major computer makers had invested in the

“In a statement, Red Hat said Compaq Computer Corp. ,
International Business Machines Corp. , Novell Inc. and Oracle
Corp. had made minority equity investments in the company, joining
earlier investors Intel Corp. and Netscape Communications

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