Linux got a little more help to walk in the front door of corporate accounts as Madge Networks announced it is extending its Token Ring adapter software to support the open-source operating system.
Madge officials said they believe Linux continues to be one of the fastest growing PC-based operating systems and is making significant inroads into many different commercial applications, particularly database servers.
"It's great to see support for Linux from a major player in the Token Ring industry. Token Ring is prevalent in a lot of universities and big businesses. The release of these drivers increases the potential penetration for both Madge and Linux in these areas,'' said Mike Phillips, organiser of the Linux Token Ring Project.
The Linux Token Ring Project is an Internet-based volunteer group established to be a single source for all issues relating to using Token Ring under Linux. The group can be found on the Web at www.linuxtr.net.
Meanwhile, officials from Siemens Computer Systems announced they have approved the Madge Linux driver for use in its desktop systems.
"We have evaluated and approved the Madge Linux driver for our Scovery thin-client PC. The driver gives us the flexibility to support Token Ring network users in our product line," said Harry Schaefle, product marketing manager for Scovery at Siemens.