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HP.com: E-Services and Beyond [LinuxWorld keynote]

Aug 25, 2000, 16:47 (1 Talkback[s])
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"HP Chief Scientist Joel Birnbaum addressed a crowd of Open Source supporters at LinuxWorld in San Jose, California, August 16. In his keynote address -- "Linux Evolution: IA64, E-services, and Beyond" -- Birnbaum talked about HP's Linux strategy, e-speak, pervasive computing and a future filled with Internet appliances that all run on a version of Linux."

"We believed for a long time that the open client /server systems at the heart of our business, coupled with the power of a global Internet, are evolving naturally to a standards-based information utility. We think of this as having the characteristics of any of the other always-on utilities that have transformed modern life; producing the benefits that come from secure, reliable, ubiquitous, enduring standards; and producing the economic incentives that have resulted from other infrastructures that enabled pervasive technologies."

"Linux and the Open Source movement are necessary key elements of our strategy. Of course, we have a very large base of installed UNIX and Windows/NT customers and we will continue to support them and help them make the best choice of operating system for their current and future needs. The three operating systems are of different maturities, are differently optimized at this time, and have different numbers of applications and services available. We feel that they will coexist for a long time, and in fact, it is our strategy to help them do so. It is very apparent however, that the growth rate in both usage and functionality is far greater for Linux than the others, and that it will become the system of choice for many in this decade."

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