CompaQ gets all serious about Linux

But Tru64 Unix a better bet, Q execs say

Major hardware firm Compaq is showing that it considers Linux is pretty important to its future plans. If you turn to this page, you will see that the big Q has a little penguin on its site and is offering a Fortran compile to the bunnies who find the page. When you get there, click on the Software link. The first thing you see when you go to the site is the magic phrase, Linus Torvalds. Three days ago, at the UK Networks Show, Compaq executives were insisting that sales of Linux boxes did not have a great takeup in the corporate community. A senior executive at Compaq UK said that IT managers, although they had Linux servers and OSS running, were not prepared to admit it to their bosses. Instead, they were flocking to supported versions of Unix, such as D/UX, now known as Tru64. However, those statements were contradicted by Tikiri Wanduragala, EMEA server manager at IBM. He said: "Because we support Linux, we are finding a big uptake of systems in the corporate community. Our Linux servers are going great guns." ®

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