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IT-Director: Will Hewlett-Packard Ditch HP-UX for Linux?

Sep 06, 1999, 18:25 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"Sources close to Hewlett-Packard are indicating that there is a debate raging there as to whether it should adopt Linux and extend the range of the OS at the high end. The proposition is simply this: at the moment Linux lacks a number of scalability functions. It scales in the sense that it has been implemented on configurations with 32 nodes and more, but such implementations are far from fully tailored and tuned. The question then is; who is going to step forward and try and fill this gap and, more importantly, will it be Hewlett-Packard?"

"Someone will step into this space because logic suggests that it could be very rewarding. ... Versions of Unix are vanishing or becoming sidelined to the point where soon the only major versions will be AIX, Solaris and HP-UX. But we cannot imagine IBM dropping Aix or Sun dropping Solaris.

If Hewlett-Packard jumps out of the ring, ditching HP-UX for the Linux bandwagon then it leaves only two. But will it dare and will it be a profitable move if it does? Our expectation is that it will, and it will."

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