Gateway joins firms offering Linux on servers

Gateway has joined the list of PC vendors offering Linux on servers.

The company will offer Red Hat Software's version of Linux 6.0 on its ALR (Advanced Logic Research) Gateway servers when customers ask for it, Gateway spokesman Dave Boxum said this week. Red Hat will provide the technical support for the open-source operating system, he added.

Gateway has no plans at this time to offer Linux as a standard configuration on the servers, Boxum said.

The PC vendor on Tuesday announced its first Linux offering as part of a Red Hat event in New York City. Red Hat also announced plans to establish an office in Japan at the event. The Red Hat event was held in the wake of the company's IPO (initial public offering), launched August 11.

IBM, Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard, Dell Computer and Silicon Graphics also offer Linux on servers, but only Dell offers servers preconfigured with Linux.

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