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HP: The Linux distributor?

Jun 17, 2010, 13:36 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"HP first acquired its own Linux distribution bough Palm to get its hand on webOS. For some reason, a lot of people seemed to think that Palm was still using its old proprietary operating system, Palm OS. Nope. WebOS has proprietary extensions but this mobile device OS with its Linux kernel heart has more in common with Android and MeeGo than it does with its proprietary fore-bearers.

"HP seems to plan to position webOS as a competitor to those mobile Linux operating systems. To be exact, rather than just use it to create a 21st century Palm Pilot or yet another smartphone, most analysts think HP has its eye on using it in their own Linux-based iPad competitor. Officially, HP is only saying that they're planning on using it for Internet-connected printers.

"Somehow, even though printers are still a big part of HP's business, I can't see HP spending over a billion bucks just to add Internet printing capabilities to their printers when they could do that by simply incorporating IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) into their printers for nothing."

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