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LinuxToday.com.au: Compaq: Friend Or Foe?

Sep 11, 2000, 12:12 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Texas-based Compaq is the world's leading PC company and - behind IBM and Hewlett-Packard - the third largest information technology company of any stripe. So it's reasonable to assume the company may play a significant role in the development of Linux."

"Compaq's extensive product range stretches from tiny handheld devices up to mighty non-stop enterprise servers as well as peripheral hardware, but the company is strongest in desktop PCs and departmental servers - exactly the space of most interest to the Linux community."

"There's little doubt that Compaq makes the right noises about Linux. As the Compaq and Linux website makes clear, the company has partnerships with key distributions, contributes to open source projects and offers a great deal of Linux support. Recently the company lined up with other industry heavyweights to sing the praises of and promise to support Gnome."

"Mind you, let's not get carried away. Compaq also still has a very close relationship with Microsoft. Indeed, Compaq is the PC maker Microsoft most frequently courts. So is the company speaking with forked tongue when it tries to woo Linux users?"

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