Intel shipping desktop Linux to Asia

Summary:Remember those Gartner claims from a month ago that most desktop Linux units were really just black market Windows machines?Well, now Intel is out to prove that one way or the other, by shipping explicit Linux support to "white box" makers in the Far East.

Remember those Gartner claims from a month ago that most desktop Linux units were really just black market Windows machines?

Well, now Intel is out to prove that one way or the other, by shipping explicit Linux support to "white box" makers in the Far East.

What this means is Intel will ship drivers, scripts, and an Application Version Compliance Tool for Red Hat Desktop, Novell Linux Desktop 9, Red Flag Desktop 4.1 and (eventually) China Standard Software.

Will these companies just buy the Linux package, ship the Linux package, and watch consumers just install pirated Windows? I doubt it.

But maybe you feel differently...let us know.

Topics: Linux

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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