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CNET News.com: HP casts lure to hook high-end Linux customers

Jan 25, 2001, 16:58 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"HP will show ProcessControl Manager at the show and release a Linux version in the third quarter, said Mike Balma, marketing director for HP's newly formed Linux Systems Operation. The software assigns priorities for different jobs as they run simultaneously on the same server, an important feature for multiprocessor systems handling tasks such as housing large databases."

"The software, while proprietary, still requires some support in the kernel, or heart of Linux, which currently can't report frequently enough what tasks it's working on, Balma said. The company hopes changes to accommodate HP's software--or other companies' products that work similarly--will be incorporated into the standard Linux kernel."

"The company plans to increase its Linux services, announcing that it will add a program offering, though not guaranteeing, a 6-hour response time to companies whose Linux servers fail. ... HP also is working on Service Guard for Linux, software that shares jobs among a group of as many as 16 computers, minimizing problems when one computer crashes."

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