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Sep 06, 1999, 02:54 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcia Savage)

"While some board manufacturers are eager to tap the growing popularity of the Linux open-source operating system and are weighing Linux support in their products, other vendors remain hesitant.

Pine Technology USA Inc., a computer component manufacturer in Fremont, Calif., is one company looking to jump on the Linux bandwagon."

"Elitegroup Computer Systems Inc., Fremont, Calif., plans this summer to unveil a low-cost Linux PC system featuring a motherboard integrated with software and hardware specifically for use with Linux."

"Soyo Tek Inc. also is interested in offering more Linux support, said Ed Oppenheimer, vice president of sales at the Fremont-based vendor. 'We see a bigger demand [for Linux], particularly for higher-level boards,' he said.

But Oppenheimer and other vendor executives said the open-source nature of the operating system means a plethora of versions that defy standards.

Some motherboard makers said that presents difficulties."

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