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SOFTWARE IS BUNDLED WITH HARDWARE COMPANIES THROUGH LINUXBOXEN.COM.

LinuxBoxen.com has launched its new e-commerce site, which offers customers hardware components bundled with Open-Source Linux drivers and software.

"Trying to find the right drivers is time consuming and can be a very frustrating experience, especially for new Linux users," said Thomas Johnson, President and CEO of Unified Consulting, of which LinuxBoxen.com is a division. LinuxBoxen.com distributes a wide variety of Linux compatible hardware and peripherals, including modems, video cards, sound cards, and storage devices. Over 75% of LinuxBoxen.com's product offerings include a custom CD-ROM with product-specific Linux software. These CD-ROMs contain any drivers necessary to use the hardware under Linux, as well as popular Linux software titles related to the product.

"Most hardware companies still do not officially support Linux, even though their products may work well with the right supporting drivers," said Johnson. "By providing the appropriate drivers, we can help customers get the most out of their new hardware from the start. Additionally, the software titles we include show new and experienced users how Linux can take advantage of their hardware and also introduce them to some of the most popular Linux programs."

The custom CD-ROM typically includes drivers for the product, as well as five to fifteen software programs. For example, modems might include a program to send and receive faxes or an Internet telephony application; hard drives include a file manager, a partition resizing program, and an undelete program. The GNU Public License, a popular license for Open-Source software, covers almost all of the software. This license allows LinuxBoxen.com to include both the programs themselves and their source code on CD. By distributing this source code, LinuxBoxen.com helps more experienced users to modify the programs and contribute their upgrades to the Open-Source community.

LinuxBoxen.com also distributes an e-mail newsletter that alerts customers to new upgrades for their drivers and software programs. "Ensuring that you have the latest versions of the drivers for your hardware is especially critical for businesses," notes Ben Zeckel, CTO of Unified Consulting. "These drivers often correct system stability issues and provide the increased performance needed to obtain maximum return on hardware investment costs and avoid costly downtime."
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
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Date:Oct 2, 2000
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