"Hewlett-Packard is taking out cheap insurance with its
hiring of open-source advocate Bruce Perens, just in case Linux
becomes more of a force in the marketplace than anyone
"Users negotiating with HP can use this new commitment to Linux
as a ploy in negotiations, but they should not expect HP to develop
Linux into a replacement for HP-UX. Linux will fit into HP's
product set as an operating system for embedded and low-end boxes
suited for peripheral, nonstrategic operations only, and where
users request it as an application or Web server."
"...the chance exists that Linux will become a larger force than
everyone outside of the Unix server community expects. If it does,
then Perens and the reinvigorated and renamed Linux Systems
Operation will give HP at least some credibility in that market.
This move is a cheap way for HP to buy a fig leaf to cover its
nakedness in the Unix server arena in case Linux does become