Compaq Computer put on a Red Hat last week when it announced a series of servers pre-installed with the Linux operating system.
Compaq will bundle open source vendor Red Hat's Linux 7.0 on its ProLiant DL360 and ML330 servers. The cost of the servers will not go up due to the added software, and Compaq will give users a free support period to help with the installation and configuration of the systems.
With Linux already on the hardware, users should be able to avoid the headache of locating and installing a version of the open-source OS themselves.
Compaq vowed back in August that it would have Red Hat Linux pre-installed on its ProLiant servers by late September. While Red Hat released version 7.0 of its OS by September, Compaq appeared a little tardy in making good on its promise.
Compaq currently offers Linux on handhelds, portables, desktops, and Alpha servers.