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Novell: Tiered OS Could Get OEMs Into Linux Distribution Game

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IBM and HP are open to optimizing mini-Linux distributions for their hardware platforms so that software partners could focus on application virtualization services, a Novell executive said.

At a LinuxWorld Expo panel on Wednesday, Novell Linux CTO Andre Hill said the Waltham, Mass., company is working on the development of a two-tiered Linux distribution stack -- a physical distro, which he called P Distro, and the virtual distro, dubbed the V Distro.

Such an approach -- which would splinter the core operating system services from the application-related system services -- would enable OEMs to optimize Linux for their respective hardware platforms, while freeing Novell and Red Hat to develop advanced application services using these V distributions, Hill also said.

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