HP forms new Linux business division

Hewlett-Packard has created a product division devoted to Linux as the company ups its commitment to products based on this open-source operating system.

The new division will promote alignment, collaboration and communication for Linux efforts among HP's services, software and hardware organizations, said Elizabeth Phillips, an HP spokeswoman. HP's Linux-based products include servers, storage, PCs, printers and software, she said.

The Linux business, a cross-company priority for HP for several years, had been going well, but is poised to become even better and more focused now that the new division has been created, she said.

The new division will be housed in the Enterprise Servers and Storage business unit and led by Martin Fink, who has been named Linux vice president, Phillips said. The Linux division will have its own marketing director, strategy director, engineering director and chief technology officer (CTO).

Fink previously was general manager of HP's Linux Systems Division, the predecessor to this new unit prior to HP's Compaq acquisition, Phillips said. The new Linux division has a broader reach and more resources than the old Linux Systems Division, she said.

Fink has served on the board of the Open Source Development Lab and wrote the book "The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source." He was also previously vice president and CTO of HP's Business Critical Systems unit.

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