New HP Will Stay Committed to Open Source
VP Rich DeMillo says HP will remain committed to open standards and to the role it will play in developing secure IT infrastructures.HONOLULU--The recently combined Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp. will remain committed to open standards and to the role it will play in developing secure IT infrastructures, said Rich DeMillo, vice president of technology strategy of HP during his keynote speech at the International World Wide Web Conference on Friday. That commitment, he said, will include moving away from the idea of what he called security by obscurity and to continuing contributions by his company to the open-source community. "One of the unsung heroes in establishing trust is going to be the idea of open architectures and of open source," DeMillo said. "We have been longtime believers that youre better off publishing everything in the town square so that we all see the vulnerabilities and understand the limits of the technologies were playing with."
DeMillo said HP has used this chain of trust concept as the model for a set of secure computing platforms it is currently building on top of its Intel Itanium processor family line, the 64-bit processing architecture the computer giant is developing with Intel Corp.