Carrier-class Linux

A recent movement to make Linux a "carrier-grade" operating system could help all Linux users by boosting the reliability and scalability of the open source operating system.

Earlier this month, vendors including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, Alcatel, IBM, Red Hat and the vendor-neutral Open Source Development Lab, announced a partnership to develop Linux as an operating system for the telecommunications industry. That sector predominantly uses proprietary Unix systems.

The working group behind the carrier-grade Linux project will survey operating system requirements of telecom operators and create a plan for optimizing Linux to meet service providers' needs.

Among the areas the group will look at include increasing processor support for Linux in symmetrical multiprocessor systems, boosting the performance of Linux under extremely heavy loads, and improving the operating system's server failover technology.

HP kicked off the carrier-class Linux push at LinuxWorld Expo two weeks ago with the announcement of two Intel-based Linux servers for carriers that are Network Equipment Building Systems compliant.

While objectives of the carrier-grade Linux group are focused on the telecom industry, the underlying goals are obviously beneficial for all Linux users - who wouldn't want more reliable, stable Linux servers that can handle phone company-style loads?

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