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Hitachi is to offer Linux on all of its major product lines, from mobile devices to mainframes, the company announced in Tokyo yesterday. Support for Linux will be available on its MP mainframe series; IA-64, 9000V Unix and HA8000 PC servers, the Flora PC series and its mobile products.

Hitachi says Linux currently accounts for two to three per cent of its PC server business, and that it intends to increase this to ten to 15 per cent by fiscal 2002. A beta of Linux source code for the MP series is due to be made available today, with final code expected for the first half of next year.

The company is also planning to kick off all-in-one server packages using the HA8000 range and TurboLinux, and has come up with some more details of the Transmeta-based Linux appliance it plans to ship from December. The device will be offered as an Internet terminal, will have a 10in TFT, Crusoe TM3000 CPU, flash memory rather than hard disk, and a claimed battery life of six hours. ®

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