Red Hat's relationship with Intel was further cemented with the announcement that the computer chip giant will bundle the Red Hat Linux operating system with Intel's servers designed to run websites.
Intel, which has a minority stake in Red Hat, plans to market the offering through its Internet Service Provider programme through which Intel sells own brand server 'kits' to service providers.
Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel's communications and Internet service division, said: "A key part of our ISP channel programme is to provide a full range of products and services and thus offer a large menu of choices for ISPs and their business customers.
"The Red Hat solution gives our global ISP sales force another strong option for these rapidly growing providers."
IDC analyst Kirsten Ludvigsen said that the move is a "natural evolution as everybody offers Web servers based on Linux," and that it will strengthen Linux's position with ISPs.
"In the ISP world Unix plays a big part, but this will make Linux more mainstream among ISPs," she said.
Ludvigsen said she expects the close alignment of Red Hat Linux with Intel will also "give Red Hat more of an advantage in porting to the upcoming IA64 architecture."
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