Several telecommunications companies have begun an effort to improve Linux for their own market, an offshoot of a project geared toward making Linux beefier for high-end servers.
Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and NEC founded the Open Source Development Lab in 2000 to improve Linux on powerful servers. Now Alcatel, Cisco Systems and Nokia have joined the organization and become members of an advisory group seeking to define what exactly is needed in a "carrier-grade" Linux server designed for telecommunications use.
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