The LinuxWorld conference and expo kicked off in San Francisco last week with a number of large companies making announcements about their future Linux and open source strategies.
IBM announced a partnership with startup Transitive with which it aims to increase the range of software available for customers running Linux on it’s Power processors. Widely touted as a step “beyond Linux”, the company hope to focus their open source attentions on eight new technology areas, such as data servers and development tools.
Lenovo and Novell were also showcasing their new partnership whereby the hardware manufacturer would start supplying ThinkPads with preloaded versions of SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.
Hewlett-Packard came up with the most interesting news, with a promise to begin supporting Debian Linux. The community-based distro, unlike others of similar stature and maturity, is not currently backed by any major vendor.