Linux supporters are aiming to confront Microsoft in the battle for the desktop, with the establishment of the Gnome Foundation at the Linuxworld Conference in San Jose this week.
Sun Microsystems, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq will be major players in the group, whose aim is to broaden the scope of the operating system. The first target will be popularising Linux as a desktop operating system, initially with the release of a suite of office programs which may be based on Sun's Staroffice, the source code for which is due to be placed in the public domain.
Sun's high-availability storage software, the Storedge T3 disc array, will now run with Linux as a result of a partnership with Linuxcare. The software to handle failover operations is open source and available free from Linuxcare.
David Sifry, Linuxcare CTO, said, with 37.7% of Web servers running Linux, the need for high availability is growing. "The deal for the T3 is significant because, for the first time, a highly available storage sub-system is available for Linux with no single point of failure."