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SearchHP.com: HP World: Linux and Unix One Big, Happy Family

Oct 03, 2002, 05:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

"Linux is widespread in the enterprise, despite what you may have heard. It does not have a huge footprint yet in mission-critical applications, but that may soon change, according to Rick Becker, Hewlett-Packard's chief technology officer of software, Industry Standard Servers. In this question-and-answer interview, Becker takes SearchHP.com through HP's Linux strategy during HP World and points out how Linux can complement Unix installations in the enterprise, what roadblocks it is overcoming as it matures and how HP's merger with Compaq opened new doors for the popular open-source operating system.

"Linux has been a buzzword at HP World. It's getting plenty of mentions during keynotes and sessions alike. Coincidence? Or is it a strategic shift from HP?

"Becker: Not coincidence and absolutely strategic. HP is committed to addressing our customer needs no matter what platform choice they make. The fact is we have customers who want Unix, customers who want NT and we have an ever-growing number of customers who want Linux. So we are committed to offering Linux across our entire server platform, both the ProLiant and the IPF servers (Itanium), with the optimization so our customers can deploy any of these OSs strategically and safely. All three are important to us..."

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