Compaq to Offer Linux Advanced Developer's Kit for AlphaServer GS Series Systems

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Strengthening its position as the leader
 in Linux computing, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ) announced today
 that it is offering Linux developers an Advanced Developer's Kit (ADK) for use
 with its high-end AlphaServer GS Series systems.
     Developed in close collaboration with the Linux community, the developer's
 kit provides both documentation and software, including the recommended tools
 and patches required for running the Linux 2.4 kernel with either SuSE 7.0 or
 Red Hat 7.0 on the powerful AlphaServer GS Systems.
     "With its strengths in handling data-intensive and other high-performance
 applications, Linux is gaining increased acceptance in the enterprise," said
 Rick Frazier, vice president of marketing for Compaq's Business Critical
 Server Group.  "With the ADK, we are responding to requests from customers who
 want to evaluate Linux on a high-end multi-processor configuration or run
 Linux applications in a mixed environment with our Tru64 UNIX operating
 system."
     The ADK follows an initial port of Linux to the GS series, which was
 accomplished recently through the combined efforts of a team of SuSE
 developers, and Compaq AlphaServer GS and Alpha Linux engineers.  The initial
 port already has been used by some AlphaServer GS Series customers to run
 Linux applications on a single partition while their mission-critical
 applications run on other partitions with Compaq's Tru64 UNIX operating
 system.
     The availability of Linux on the massively scalable AlphaServer systems,
 which can be used with as many as 32 Alpha microprocessors, also will provide
 an opportunity for developers to further enhance Linux enterprise-level RAS
 features and adopt high-end multi-processor technologies, such as NUMA.
     "SuSE and Compaq are working together in many areas to move Linux more
 into the high end of computing," said Dirk Hohndel, chief technology officer
 at SuSE Linux AG.  "Among the highlights in this cooperation are our work on
 support for the NUMA architecture, as well as improvements to the scheduler
 and other key kernel components to make it better utilize the enormous
 potential of the AlphaServer GS systems.  Having the ADK available enables us
 and our customers to implement Linux based solutions for their high-end
 computing needs."
     The ADK is available for download at www.support.compaq.com/alpha-tools.
     From Compaq iPAQ handheld devices to ProLiant and AlphaServer systems,
 Compaq offers the platforms that more customers choose to deploy their Linux-
 based solutions.  According to industry research group IDC, Compaq is the
 worldwide industry leader in Linux server shipments with 24 percent of all
 Linux servers shipped in 2000, primarily due to the success of its industry-
 standard ProLiant servers.
     Although now available as an ADK, Linux for the AlphaServer GS Series has
 not been certified with any of the Linux distributions, and standard support
 from Compaq Services is not available at this time.
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  For more corporate information,
 see:  www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
 

SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation
    HOUSTON, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Strengthening its position as the leader
 in Linux computing, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ) announced today
 that it is offering Linux developers an Advanced Developer's Kit (ADK) for use
 with its high-end AlphaServer GS Series systems.
     Developed in close collaboration with the Linux community, the developer's
 kit provides both documentation and software, including the recommended tools
 and patches required for running the Linux 2.4 kernel with either SuSE 7.0 or
 Red Hat 7.0 on the powerful AlphaServer GS Systems.
     "With its strengths in handling data-intensive and other high-performance
 applications, Linux is gaining increased acceptance in the enterprise," said
 Rick Frazier, vice president of marketing for Compaq's Business Critical
 Server Group.  "With the ADK, we are responding to requests from customers who
 want to evaluate Linux on a high-end multi-processor configuration or run
 Linux applications in a mixed environment with our Tru64 UNIX operating
 system."
     The ADK follows an initial port of Linux to the GS series, which was
 accomplished recently through the combined efforts of a team of SuSE
 developers, and Compaq AlphaServer GS and Alpha Linux engineers.  The initial
 port already has been used by some AlphaServer GS Series customers to run
 Linux applications on a single partition while their mission-critical
 applications run on other partitions with Compaq's Tru64 UNIX operating
 system.
     The availability of Linux on the massively scalable AlphaServer systems,
 which can be used with as many as 32 Alpha microprocessors, also will provide
 an opportunity for developers to further enhance Linux enterprise-level RAS
 features and adopt high-end multi-processor technologies, such as NUMA.
     "SuSE and Compaq are working together in many areas to move Linux more
 into the high end of computing," said Dirk Hohndel, chief technology officer
 at SuSE Linux AG.  "Among the highlights in this cooperation are our work on
 support for the NUMA architecture, as well as improvements to the scheduler
 and other key kernel components to make it better utilize the enormous
 potential of the AlphaServer GS systems.  Having the ADK available enables us
 and our customers to implement Linux based solutions for their high-end
 computing needs."
     The ADK is available for download at www.support.compaq.com/alpha-tools.
     From Compaq iPAQ handheld devices to ProLiant and AlphaServer systems,
 Compaq offers the platforms that more customers choose to deploy their Linux-
 based solutions.  According to industry research group IDC, Compaq is the
 worldwide industry leader in Linux server shipments with 24 percent of all
 Linux servers shipped in 2000, primarily due to the success of its industry-
 standard ProLiant servers.
     Although now available as an ADK, Linux for the AlphaServer GS Series has
 not been certified with any of the Linux distributions, and standard support
 from Compaq Services is not available at this time.
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  For more corporate information,
 see:  www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
 SOURCE  Compaq Computer Corporation