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04:16 AM ET 01/27/99
Linux gets boost from H-P and SGI - WSJ
NEW YORK, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Two major computer makers,
Hewlett-Packard Co. and Silicon Graphics Inc. ,
are to support the free software product Linux operating system
got a boost from, the Wall Street Journal said Wednesday.
The companies said they will begin providing Linux as an
option on some of their computers built with chips from Intel
Corp. , the Journal reported. H-P also said it will
create a version of Linux to run on its "Merced" chip, which it
is jointly developing with Intel.
In addition, H-P and SGI said they will make Linux one of
their core operating-system offerings, the paper said.
Linux was created by Linus Torvalds, a 29-year old,
Finnish-born programmer now working in Silicon Valley. He wrote
the first version of Linux in 1991 and distributed it for free
on the Internet.
H-P is offering Linux on its Intel-based "server" computers
through an arrangement with Red Hat Software Inc., which is
trying to commercialize the language, the paper said. SGI told
the Journal it will provide support for Linux itself.
Microsoft Corp. is watching Linux with concern
because of the threat it poses to its Windows NT software.
The paper said Linux is somewhat taxing for non-technical
users. However, programmers are working on friendlier versions
of the language that have a Window-like interface.
((--New York Newsdesk (212) 859-1700))
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