Giants join to push Linux

Four of the world's largest technology companies have signed an agreement to jointly work with Linux developers to build enterprise-ready applications. IBM, Fujitsu, Hitachi and NEC Corp. have agreed to implement a shared common plan to help Linux mature by working with the Linux community on various open source projects.

Officials said that the initial joint effort is what the group calls a serviceability project designed to enhance problem isolation by providing IT managers the ability to quickly and precisely isolate problems in running systems. Future projects will include boosting Linux scalability, and NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) capabilities.

Executives from the computer giants said that corporate IT units and research organizations are increasingly looking to Linux as a platform for running critical e-business applications. "Linux is rapidly becoming an enabler of e-business," said Daniel Frye, director of IBM's Linux Technology Center. Added Nobumasa Mori, general manager of Hitachi's Open Platform Solutions Operational Division, "Linux has proven itself to be a promising operating environment for the internet business."

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