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BusinessWeek: HP and Linux: Now It's True Love

Feb 01, 2001, 08:11 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Jaffe)

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"After flirting with the open-source OS, the computer maker is releasing key network software for it -- a much bigger commitment."

"Founded in 1938, Hewlett-Packard (HWP ) is one of the oldest and largest companies in Silicon Valley. But the company faces a serious downturn in earnings, as the PC revolution starts to wane and technology spending slows along with the economy. CEO Carly Fiorina, who took the job in 2000, now must confront the daunting task of retooling HP into a fleeter, sleeker competitor."

"What to do? One key element in HP's makeover is the adoption of Linux, the free, open-source operating system (OS) revered by computer programmers and reviled by companies like Microsoft, who have long made most of their money selling proprietary software. This week, HP will announce a plan to unveil Linux versions of key network operations programs commonly used by large corporations to oversee multiple networks. These programs were long considered too complex and mission-critical to be run on Linux. Not anymore. HP's romance with Linux looks like it's turning into a long-term commitment."

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