ZDNET ACQUIRES LINUX HARDWARE DATABASE.ZDNet (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange : ZDZ) has acquired Linux Linux
Nonproprietary operating system (OS) for digital computers. In 1991 Linus Torvalds of Finland began asking for volunteer programmers over the Internet to collaborate on the development of a UNIX-like OS for personal computers; the “1. Hardware Database (www.linhardware.com), the leading Linux hardware support resource, from Cambridge, Mass.-based DataPower Technology, Inc.
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3. International Data Corp., the entire Linux market, including embedded Linux The Linux operating system configured and enhanced to work in a wide variety of applications, including handheld devices, network appliances, industrial machines and consumer electronics devices. The modularity of the Linux kernel makes it well suited to embedded systems. , is expected to reach more than $11 billion by 2001. By sector, hardware is expected to total $6 billion in 2001 and embedded software Instructions that permanently reside in a ROM or flash memory chip. Embedded software may be immediately available to the CPU or, for faster execution, may be transferred to RAM first and then executed. is likely to amount to $5.2 billion. Linux Hardware Database is ZDNet's second Linux acquisition. Last April, ZDNet acquired LinuxDevices, the definitive content and community site for Linux as an embedded system Any electronic system that uses a CPU chip, but that is not a general-purpose workstation, desktop or laptop computer. Such systems generally use microprocessors, or they may use custom-designed chips or both. . Between the two, ZDNet is now able to address information and community needs related to both the fast-growing hardware and embedded software segments of the Linux marketplace.
The acquisition is representative of ZDNet's strategy to create the ultimate user experience by providing the full spectrum of information, services, commerce and community opportunities, across a broad array of technology verticals. Linux Hardware Database and LinuxDevices will be integrated with ZDNet's Linux Resource Center, which currently includes Linux-focused news, reviews, opinion, software downloads, job opportunities, whitepapers, company information, help and how-to information and more.
Linux Hardware Database provides users with the resources they need to select the right hardware products for use under Linux, configure See configuration.
(software) configure - A program by Richard Stallman to discover properties of the current platform and to set up make to compile and install gcc.
Cygnus configure was a similar system developed by K. existing hardware for optimal use under Linux, and discuss Linux hardware issues and experiences with other users. It offers hardware ratings, drivers, specifications, user reports, workarounds and links to related resources. Its LhD: Rated Linux Compatible program provides resellers with dynamically updated Linux compatibility scores based on community-driven data collected through the Linux Hardware Database and partner sites. Product ratings come from actual Linux users who contribute product satisfaction reports and configuration suggestions.