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CNET News.com: HP joins crowd in boosting Linux position

Aug 11, 2000, 20:33 (3 Talkback[s])
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"In what is becoming a game of one-upmanship, Hewlett-Packard has followed Dell Computer and IBM to make Linux one of its three "strategic" operating systems."

"Linux... has been elevated to the status of Microsoft Windows and HP's own version of Unix, HP-UX, said Jim Bell, general manager of HP's recently created Open Source and Linux Operation (OSLO). Windows will be used for smaller computers that sell in high volume; HP-UX will go on high-end machines that require top reliability and performance; and Linux will be used for building Internet infrastructure such as Web servers, Bell said."

"With the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo less than a week away, most hardware makers are stumbling over each other to claim the most enthusiasm for Linux... IBM is spreading Linux across its entire product line, from its highest-end mainframes to its laptops, while Dell used the same language as HP when announcing its status upgrade for Linux. Meanwhile, Compaq Computer, the quietest about its Linux enthusiasm, actually sells the most Linux computers..."

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