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HP Reveals Its Linux Hand

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Despite being the largest corporate sponsor at last week’s LinuxWorld Expo, Hewlett-Packard had been relatively quiet in its open source announcements. Six months ago, CEO Carly Fiorina wooed the Linux faithful in New York with a penguin by her side. This show was a little less subdued for HP.

In addition to announcing an updated Linux portfolio of products and services, HP showed off its HP Software Porting Assessment Express Service that lets Unix environments port to Linux.

Still, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company made its own noise when it revealed its post-merger Linux strategy along with an updated Linux portfolio of products and services, including a new edition of HP Secure OS software for Linux 2.0.

The computer and printer maker showed off its HP Print Server Appliance 4200 with automated driver management and printer services support for HP and non-HP printers as well as its HP Software Porting Assessment Express Service, which allows users of UNIX environments, including Solaris and AIX, to port to Linux.

Among the enhancements to HP’s Linux portfolio, the company has drafted a Disaster Tolerant Solution for Linux, which is a combination of HP MC/Serviceguard 2.0 and the HP StorageWorks XP disk array portfolio. HP also unveiled its Servicecontrol Manager 3.0, which is a multi-system management tool with Web-enabled and command line interfaces that act as a central point of control. The company also said it would expand support for Compaq Evo desktop PCs and bundling in selected regions.

“Linux continues to be a corporate priority for HP. We have a unique combination of Linux-based technologies to deliver the broadest set of end-to-end solutions to customers,” said Peter Blackmore, executive vice president, HP Enterprise Systems Group. “The new HP, comprising assets in technology, partnerships, engineering and executive leadership makes us the leading choice among enterprise customers looking to deploy Linux to meet their individual needs.”

HP has been at the forefront of several open source initiatives including it’s founding membership in the GNOME foundation and sponsoring membership of OSDL, Linux International, KDE league, Clustering Foundry and

Within the last 100 days, HP has joined with more than a dozen partners, including Oracle and BEA, to build applications across a spectrum of industries.

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