Hewlett Packard (HP) has set up a new organisation to coordinate its Linux strategy and plans to increase support for the open source operating system (OS) across its product line.
The hardware supplier plans to support an ongoing, independent effort by The Puffin Group to port Linux to servers based on its PA-Risc processor family, and will provide the initiative with consultancy and equipment, but no funding.
It also intends to come out with common application programming interfaces (APIs) to make it easier for developers to port packages between the OS and its own HP-UX Unix variant, and will add certain Linux APIs to HP-UX.
This is intended to assure ?near 100 per cent? source code compatibility between the two OSs, said Wayne Caccamo, head of HP?s new Open Source Solutions Operation (OSSO).
?We see [open source software] as an important business model to explore,? he added.
Last month, HP also announced it would support Linux on its Intel based NetServer machines, but while HP?s PA-Risc systems currently only ship with HP-UX preinstalled on them, Caccamo added that the firm was now evaluating whether to preinstall Linux too.
Linux on PA-Risc will be targeted at specific markets where it is already popular such as software developers and Internet service providers.
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