LINUXWORLD: Creative to launch Linux portal site

Creative Computers will launch a new portal targeting the Linux community next month at LinuxWorld Expo in New York, the company announced yesterday.

Designed to serve as a one-stop Linux site, eLinux.com will offer information about products, news, discussion forums and other content related to the open-source operating system, according to a statement from Creative, which is in the process of changing its name to IdeaMall. The site will also offer software and distributions from Linux distributors including Red Hat, Caldera Systems and Corel, the company said.

In addition, Creative, through eLinux.com, will offer its own-brand computers, including OpenServe Servers, OpenPro Systems and OpenBook Notebooks, all of which will be custom-configured with Red Hat's Linux distribution.

The company plans to draw users to its site by compiling a printed "product guide" of its online offerings and mailing it to Linux users as well as distributing copies at LinuxWorld.

Other Creative Computers sites include consumer retailer ecost.com, business-to-business retailer PCM.com and small-to-medium enterprise retailer PCMall.com.

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