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Hewlett Packard: hp's open letter to the open source community

Nov 02, 2000, 07:26 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Bell)

"From Jim Bell, General Manager of HP's Open Source and Linux Operation (OSLO) on behalf of Carly Fiorina, Chairman, President and CEO, Hewlett-Packard."

Re: Eric Raymond's open letter to HP and Carly Fiorina in LinuxToday (10/18/2000):

"HP welcomes the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to open source for today and for the future. For years we've been a key player in important open source and Linux projects. We are supporting Linux and open source software through our actions as well as our words."

"Eric asked us about our Linux strategy for printers. Early this year HP teamed with VA Linux to create a web site for open source printing projects, hp.sourceforge.net. Available on that site is open source code that supports HP LaserJet printers. HP's contributions include half toning algorithms, PostScript printer description files (PPDs) to access printer features and job formatting, etc. The site also includes HP sponsored open source development projects for Linux printing in general (i.e. LPR, LPRNG, Samba) and an open source project around our all-in-one printer/scanner products at hpoj.sourceforge.net/suplist.shtml...."

"Linux has its own long list of compelling benefits. HP is committed to expanding the applicability and the capabilities of Linux. In 1998, we initiated the open source kernel work for Linux on IA-64; the code is available at www.ia64linux.org. We are working with Linuxcare and the open source community to port Linux to PA-RISC; the code is available at www.parisc-linux.org. In addition, HP is a sponsor of the Open Source Development Lab, which helps the open source community expand the role of Linux in the enterprise."

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