Samsung is expected to announce that it will adopt Digital Unix as its standard 64 bit Unix operating system in the next few weeks.
Jesse Lipcon, Compaq?s vice president of high performance servers, said at the Decus Digital user conference in Los Angeles this week that a vendor in the Far East would be added to Sequent and Tandem as part of its Digital Unix OEM program. Insiders confirmed it was Samsung.
"We have been actively courting Samsung for some time, but I could not say whether we are going to sign them up within the next few weeks," said a spokesperson for Compaq's Unix business.
He added that Compaq had spoken with all the Intel systems vendors who sell Unix about joining the OEM programme, specifically including Data General, Samsung and ICL in the list.
Even Bull, Hewlett-Packard and IBM have been approached, he admitted, but would not say which talks were still underway and which had been discontinued.
But, it appears that the operating system (OS) is gaining weight in the industry after having been relegated to the sidelines for years.
The Technology Governing body of the People's Republic of China announced two weeks ago that Digital Unix would be the national 64 bit Unix OS of choice. The move was a blow to Sun Microsystems, which is believed to have bid hard for the PRC to take Solaris instead.
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