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CNET News.com/Gartner: Commentary: HP's Linux strategy isn't overwhelming

Aug 12, 2000, 17:05 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Although today's announcement takes one modest step in stating Hewlett-Packard's general position on Linux, the company's overall strategy still remains diffuse and less than exciting in vision, coherence and platform differentiation."

"HP has been somewhat disorganized in its earlier attempts to articulate its position, as fragments of Linux and open-source projects--for example, print servers, E-Speak and Linux for PA-RISC--have appeared in numerous parts of the company, with no unifying management or central focus."

"The most compelling part of HP's strategy is the willingness to move most of its systems software--OpenView and MC/ServiceGuard--to Linux. HP also emphasizes its starring role in a Linux software developers' kit for IA64."

However, HP stops short of declaring Linux an all-platform strategy, as IBM has. Rather, HP takes a position closer to the strategy taken by Sun Microsystems: develop on Linux but deploy on Unix for the enterprise."

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