"H-P cranks out more sales from Linux hardware than anybody
else--a prized claim to one of the few hot spots of a sluggish
"The big question going forward is whether that lead can hold up
amid fierce ankle-biting from Dell, a powerhouse in commodity
servers, and IBM, with its deep pockets and massive research
investment in Linux.
"It's a strategic question worth asking given Linux sales jumped
35% in the first quarter, while the overall server market slumped
nearly 4%, according to IDC. Faced with tight budgets, more
corporate hardware buyers are choosing Linux, the so-called open
source operating system that typically runs on Intel-based
hardware, over the conventional Unix systems running on proprietary
hardware from IBM or H-P..."