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Linux software loosens bottleneck

Trolltech, a Norwegian company best known for software that's a key part of the KDE Linux graphical environment, has released software to help programmers get around a key performance bottleneck, the company said Monday. Its Teambuilder software for Linux addresses the issue of "compiling" software, the computing-intensive process of converting programs written by humans into low-level instructions a computer can understand. Teambuilder taps into unused computing power of other computers on a network to speed compilation, a concept known as distributed computing. A free personal edition lets as many as three computers collectively tackle the problem. Trolltech also sells commercial versions; a 20-computer version costs $1,800.

Trolltech, a Norwegian company best known for software that's a key part of the KDE Linux graphical environment, has released software to help programmers get around a key performance bottleneck, the company said Monday. Its Teambuilder software for Linux addresses the issue of "compiling" software, the computing-intensive process of converting programs written by humans into low-level instructions a computer can understand.

Teambuilder taps into unused computing power of other computers on a network to speed compilation, a concept known as distributed computing. A free personal edition lets as many as three computers collectively tackle the problem. Trolltech also sells commercial versions; a 20-computer version costs $1,800.