Compaq offers Linux SDK for AlphaServer systems

Linux proponents working with high-end corporate systems got a piece of good news Thursday when Compaq Computer Corp. announced that it is now offering Linux developers an Advanced Developer's Kit (ADK) that can be used with AlphaServer GS Series systems.

The kit was developed in consultation with the Linux open source community, according to Compaq. It is designed to provide the needed software, tools, patches and documentation needed to run the Linux 2.4 kernel, either with the SuSE 7.0 or Red Hat 7.0 distributions of Linux -- from SuSE Linux AG and Red Hat Inc. and, respectively -- on Compaq's AlphaServer GS Series systems.

Compaq's goal is to help developers create or port Linux applications to the AlphaServer line, the company said in a statement. Compaq's ADK is especially adept at handling high-performance and data-sensitive applications commonly used in corporate environments, Compaq said. The ADK will help Linux developers adopt, for example, RAS (remote access server) and multiprocessor NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) technology. Alphaserver GS systems can run as many as 32 Alpha microprocessors, the company noted.

Though Compaq has tested Linux on the AlphaServer line, the product family has not been certified with any of the Linux distributions, and standard Compaq Services support is not currently available. The new ADK is currently available for download at

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