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HP offers Debian Linux support

Debian Linux (as used by Bristol Wireless – another satisfied customer!) is proud of its non-commercial credentials. But PC manufacturer Hewlett-Packard will give it a big corporate hug Monday with the announcement of a plan to provide support for the open-source operating system.

“We’ve had a number of customers continuing to ask us to have broader support for Debian,” and HP decided to oblige, said Jeffrey Wade, worldwide marketing manager at HP’s Open Source and Linux Organization. Nevertheless, it was stated that Red Hat and Novell will remain HP’s main overall Linux partners.

HP announced the news in conjunction with the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

The company has a long history of co-operation with Debian. It formerly employed one Debian leader, Bruce Perens, and another former leader and current contributor, Bdale Garbee, is chief technologist of HP’s Open Source and Linux Organization.

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