Enterprise Linux Log

Jun 19 2008   2:15PM GMT

Intel executive asserts commitment to open source

Megan Santosus Profile: Msant

During the partner keynote presentation at the Red Hat Summit today, Boyd Davis, the general manager of server platforms group marketing at Intel Corp., reiterated the hardware company’s commitment to open source.

“Open source software is fundamental to Intel’s business success,” Davis said, who added that Intel is among the top four corporate contributors to open source software.

Davis then outlined the three trends shaping the enterprise computing market, namely optimization – which he defined as the ever-increasing control users want over their environments – virtualization, and energy-efficient performance. For each of these trends, Davis said, Intel, in conjunction with open source software providers, is at work on the underlying silicon components.

Davis also mentioned the LessWatts initiative, Intel’s project to make Linux more energy efficient. The aim of project, said Davis, is to ensure that software can work with Intel’s more energy-efficient hardware components.

Davis concluded his 20-minute presentation with a pledge of commitment to the Linux community. “Our goal is to maintain a close relationship with the community, to ensure[that] the underlying value Intel is building in the silicon is taken advantage of by the end user.”

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