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Chicago Tribune: Motorola deal highlights Linux's strengths

Aug 21, 2000, 20:56 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Next month Schaumburg-based Motorola will begin packaging Red Hat Linux with the carrier-grade embedded computing platforms it sells to telecommunications equipment manufacturers. The software supports applications that must run continuously, including gateways connecting wireless networks to the Internet."

"Licensing agreements require technology developers to make public any changes they make to Linux source code to support their own proprietary software and applications. Motorola released its changes in January... Linux experts and Motorola clients wasted no time testing the effectiveness of the changes and suggesting their own improvements, said Noel Lesniak, a business manager of the Motorola Computer Group, which handles the company's high-availability software."

"This collaborative problem-solving process has fascinated us," Lesniak said. "By the time our customers contact us, they have looked at the open source and identified where the problem might be. It gives us a faster turnaround on problem resolutions. We are surprised and encouraged by what we've seen."

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