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PC World: IBM Offers Linux-Friendly Board Design

Aug 15, 1999, 06:40 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elinor Mills Abreu)

"Big Blue offers free specs for Linux-friendly motherboard."

"IBM's Microelectronics division is offering--for free--the design for a PowerPC motherboard that runs Linux, as a way to seed the market for PowerPC systems that run the open-source operating system, an IBM engineer says.

"It's a very Linux approach to the marketplace in that the platform is open and freely available for use by any customer," says Steve Faure, an advisory engineer in the PowerPC Applications group at IBM Microelectronics."

"IBM will not charge license fees or royalties, nor will it manufacture its own motherboards based on the design, Faure says. The company will provide schematics, component lists, and circuit board art to interested manufacturers, Faure adds."

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