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Intel forms internal open-source group

Move is part of an effort to bring Linux closer to parity with competing products from Microsoft.

Intel has created a group to focus on Linux and other open-source software issues, the newest move to bring the open-source operating system closer to parity with competing products from Microsoft.

Intel spokesman Michael Houlihan confirmed the creation of the Open Source Program Office and said on Tuesday that Jon Bork, formerly general manager of the home product group, was named its leader on Thursday.

The group parallels a similar one that handles Microsoft relations and operations, Houlihan said. Bork will lead Intel's engagements with Linux sellers and other open-source technology suppliers.

Intel has long been a supporter of Linux, which runs chiefly on x86 processors such as Intel's Pentium and Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron. Intel is working more actively to boost the operating system now, however.

In January, Intel said Linux is mature enough that laptops with the OS now can be sold under the Centrino logo. In March, Intel hired Danese Cooper, formerly Sun Microsystems' open-source "diva."

That same month, the chipmaker also globally expanded a program to offer computer makers kits to ease the production of Linux-based personal computers.