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Debian announcement about HP support
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Debian welcomes HP's support
Hewlett Packard announced ( http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2006/060814a.html ) the addition of Debian GNU/Linux as a supported Linux distribution. With this announcement, HP is now the first major computer hardware vendor to officially support Debian GNU / Linux.
Debian GNU / Linux is an active distribution maintained by more than 1400 volunteer official developers and many thousand contributors. Was the first Linux distribution having a social contract ( http://www.debian.org/social_contract ), which ensures independence, clear objectives, and configure itself as more than a Linux distribution, as a Project, enabling even non Linux ports ( http://www.debian.org/ports/ ). The Debian Project developing and security approach, quality criteria and stability makes its distribution a natural fit for mission critical use.
Debian Project welcome HP's hardware support since it has been a missing piece.
The support is offered worldwide for a range of its Proliant ( http://www.hp.com/products/proliant ) and ?BladeSystem ( http://www.hp.com/go/bladesystem ) server hardware as well as the new Debian GNU / Linux customizable t5725 Thin Client product ( http://www.hp.com/products/thinclients ).
The new support services offering leverages the knowledge of 6500 professionals worldwide dedicated to open source, at the company that for the four fiscal quarters ending April 30, 2006, had revenue totaling $88.9 billion.
HP already offered special support contract services (http://www.hp.com/linux ) for a customized Debian version for corporate customers, mostly at telecom industry ( http://www.progeny.com/customers/hp.htm ).
HP and Debian Project
This is not the first time HP has shown appreciation for Debian GNU/Linux, being involved with Debian Project since 1995. HP is a sponsor and colaborator of Debian Project, donating hosting and bandwidth for various servers of the project. Also, HP uses Debian GNU / Linux as a reference developer platform ( http://opensource.hp.com/opensource_projects.html ) Already uses Debian GNU / Linux in its print server devices and Network Attached Storage (NAS).
The CTO, Bdale Garbee, is a Debian Developer, and was elected Debian Project Leader for a previous period ( http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-leaders ) and in august 2006 was elected ( http://www.spi-inc.org/news-items/new-spi-board-of-directors-and-officers.html/ ) volunteer board president of Software in the Public Interest, SPI ( http://www.spi-inc.org ) that is the legal face of the Debian Project.
Bruce Perens ( http://www.perens.com ) was also an employee of HP ( http://www.perens.com/Articles/Bio.html ) , and an elected Debian Project Leader ( http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-leaders) too and the previous volunteer board president of SPI.
The HP open source team has good expertise already. In 2005, among 48,000 open source support calls, only 180 were fowarded to upstream distributors or developers.
Support for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution has been available from various vendors on a case per case basis for a number of years yet. "I find it really pleasing that companies are doing support for Debian not because we've negotiated with them, but because customers are asking for it." said Debian Project Leader Anthony Towns.
"It's interesting that vendors are seeing enough interest in Debian from their customers to be specifically supporting it, whether on an specially negotiated basis as IBM does, or now on a standard basis for entire product ranges as HP is. " "I'm also pretty pleased that HP?s commitment to Debian support doesn't come at a cost to the support they are offering for their other tier-one distributions. To me, that is what free software's all about, friendly competition that?s focussed on making people's computers work, not exclusive deals and promotional rights." said Debian Project Leader Anthony Towns.
The announcement is generating media interest, as can be seen at http://wiki.debian.org/presscoverage .
Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. Debian's dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.
The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating system possible.
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2006, HP revenue totaled $88.9 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com. HP also offers tested and supported enabling solutions that leverage the company's 6,500 open source and Linux service professionals worldwide. HP worldwide Linux products http://www.hp.com/linux More information on HP's open source and Linux offerings is available in an online press kit at www.hp.com/go/linuxworld2006. HP open source projects at http://opensource.hp.com/opensource_projects.html Open Source and Linux from HP at http://opensource.hp.com/