HP had also chosen its open-source LinuxCOE (Linux Common Operating Environment) product, which currently supports some 70 percent of its 15,000-plus internal Linux hosts, to provide provisioning and lifecycle support for all the Red Hat and SuSE systems covered by the new internal use agreement, Rovira said. "LinuxCOE lets users install, manage and update Linux far more easily and efficiently. It also allows them to centralize the interaction they need with the software that is included in the image they create. It lets them work on the image once and then redeploy it multiple times," he said.HPs Open Source Review Board had recently approved the licensing of the LinuxCOE, which was developed by HP Managed Services, under the General Public License (GPL), he said.Read more here about the GPL 3 process. Asked what the benefit of open-sourcing this technology was to HP, Rovira said that customers wanted a partner that was not only capable of building its own Linux solutions but which was also committed to Linux and open source. "When a partner hears that we are not only making Linux more widely available within HP, but that we are also making technologies available to the community, that gives them confidence that HP is really committed to Linux and that we will can integrate Linux into their own environment," he said. To read more about HPs open-source plans, click here. HP, by using LinuxCOE internally, also has a very thorough understanding of the solution and its usage, Rovira said. "You could say our staff are ongoing testers of the product and that we eat our own dog food, if you will," he said. "Our IT department uses it to build images that are server- and workstation-related and which can then be redeployed across HP, which removes the need for staff in each of the companys business units and divisions to monitor and update their systems. We will now have one central way of doing this, which makes it a lot faster and more efficient to utilize Linux inside of HP," Rovira said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.