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InfoWorld: Linux and Itanium alter Sun's gravity: HP's Unix strategy marks shift toward open systems

Feb 26, 2001, 18:35 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Yager)

"To overcome the inertia of its flagship OS, HP has opted to open up HP-UX to allow the best of both worlds: Linux's populist appeal and HP's bulletproof, if staid, image to create HP-UX 11i, Hewlett-Packard's most ambitious operating system to date. On the hardware front, HP joined forces with Intel to create the Itanium, a 64-bit processor that the companies hope will shape the future of open systems."

"To help with the integration of Linux, HP is also now delivering release 1.0 of its Linux Porting Kit (LPK) as a free download. It is an impressive first effort, featuring a full set of GNU C/C++ development tools, Linux API libraries, and a software transition kit. The LPK delivers only source-level Linux compatibility, a fact that is sure to draw fire from competitors."

"The Linux API library, adapted from GNU's C standard library, fills in about 200 functions that are missing in HP-UX or that Linux implements differently. The transition kit helps developers identify these incompatibilities and resolve them. HP's goal is to get Linux coders accustomed to using HP-UX's native libraries. Although the LPK creates a bridge to bring Linux developers and open-source applications to HP-UX, the open-source tools are not up to the task of developing commercial projects on HP-UX."

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