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  • Hitachi Mulls Linux for System Integration Business
  • December 7, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Hitachi Ltd. told Nikkei Computer magazine that it is considering a move to use the Linux operating system for its system integration (SI) business.
    The computer company will make a final decision within December and make an announcement in January 1999 at the earliest. Hitachi will reportedly transport its own relational database called HiRDB to the Linux platform.

    According to a related source, Hitachi is planning to provide several versions of UNIX operating systems on Intel Corp.'s 64-bit "Merced" microprocessor, and Linux is one of them.

    Hitachi is apparently trying to acquire system integration know-how by using Linux prior to the debut of the Merced chip. Intel's Merced microprocessor will be made available as early as 2000.

    Nikkei Computer earlier reported that Fujitsu Ltd. is studying the use of Linux for its system integration business.

    An official at Hitachi said that Linux will be utilized for Internet servers like Web servers or proxy servers. Later it will be utilized for a database server. HiRDB on Linux is being considered for this purpose.

    Middleware products including groupware and application server software on Linux are yet to come, as the company monitors associated software availability on the platform.

    Related stories:
    � Fujitsu Mulls Marketing Linux Version for Middleware
    � Linux Surfaces As Alternative to Windows NT

    (Nikkei Computer)

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    Updated: Fri Dec 4 15:48:29 1998 PDT