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VARBusiness: Linux Gains Momentum

Jan 22, 2000, 03:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Warren S. Hersch, Jennifer Hagendorf)

"Support for the open-source Linux operating system is increasing among midrange distributors.

Hall-Mark Global Solutions, Tempe, Ariz., will offer two bundled solutions that pair Linux software from Red Hat Inc. with servers from Compaq Computer Corp. Also, Arrow North American Computer Products has become the primary distributor of the OpenLinux e-Server 2.3 NOS from Caldera Systems Inc."

"Red Hat expects similar bundles from other distributors in the near future, said Theresa Spangler, director of marketing and sales programs at Red Hat, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

For its part, Orem, Utah-based Caldera aims to leverage the six distribution arms of Arrow North American, Greenville, S.C., including Arrow Industrial Computer Products, Consan Inc., Gates/Arrow Distributing, Microtronica, SBM Inc. and Support Net. Demand for Linux-based products has prompted systems vendors IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. to dedicate resources to the platform, said Mike Long, president of Arrow North American."

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