Linux has taken another giant leap towards corporate credibility with Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics both to offer the freeware operating system on their server platforms.
HP said it will offer services and support for Linux on its Intel based servers, via an alliance with Red Hat Software, one of the main companies that is attempting to commercialise Linux. HP also said it will port Linux to its platforms based on the Merced chip when they become available.
SGI said it will port the Red Hat version of Linux to its platform, to run side by side with its own Unix operating system, Irix.
Linux, the brainchild of Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds, has received support from a string of industry giants in recent months, including IBM and Oracle, which are making their database products available on the platform. Version 2.2 of the Linux operating system kernel was released this week.
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