HP Raises Linux Ante

SAN MATEO (08/14/2000) - On the eve of the Linux World Conference and Expo, Hewlett-Packard Co. Monday announced that it will increase its support for the Linux operating system across a number of platforms, according to officials for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based computer maker.

Addressing the issue of Linux management and availability, HP will offer MC/ServiceGuard (Multi-Computer ServiceGuard) for Linux in early 2001. The Linux-enabled MC/ServiceGuard should provide improved fail-over capabilities that those familiar with Linux say are needed for the open-source operating system.

HP officials will demonstrate MC/ServiceGuard for SAP, Apache, and SAMBA on an HP Netserver system at the Linux World Conference and Expo, which takes place at the San Jose Convention Center, in San Jose, Calif., Aug. 15-17.

HP also announced that the company is developing a Linux runtime environment that will allow Linux software binaries to run on HP-UX, which is HP's Unix operating system, and IA-64, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel's next-generation 64-bit operating platform. Such a move will assist developers by eliminating the need to recompile their software when deploying Linux applications, according to HP officials.

HP Monday also expanded its Linux ISV program, which gives developers access to IA-64 hardware to port and test their Linux software on actual IA-64 systems.

The broadened Linux ISV program is available through HP's Solution Partner Program, according to HP officials.

As part of HP's expanded Linux ISV program, HP and Intel Monday released a software development kit for IA-64, available at www.software.hp.com/ia64linux.

Also part of Monday's announcement, HP widened its certification base for Linux on HP servers and business desktop PC platforms to include Orem, Utah-based Caldera Systems Inc.; Oakland, Calif-based SuSE Linux AG; and San Francisco-based TurboLinux Inc. HP will continue to support Durham, N.C.-based Red Hat Inc., according to HP.

On two hardware fronts, HP Monday said the company will bundle its Kayak XM600 and XU800 PC workstations with TurboLinux Workstation 6.0. The company will also begin offering Red Hat Linux on its SureStore E Disk Array XP256 and XP512 in both stand-alone and SAN (storage area network) configurations.

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