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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-01-15 Print this article Print

Jean Bozman, research vice president for IDCs worldwide server group, said in a statement that Linux server revenues and unit shipments have accelerated in recent quarters, with Linux servers posting a 49.8 percent growth in revenue for the third quarter of 2003 compared with the second quarter. HP will also announce on Thursday new enterprise customers like Video Monitoring Systems, which is running HP ProLiant servers for its always-on environment. That Linux solution was "substantially less expensive than the Sun Solaris platform and delivered higher quality and far better performance than the Dell systems we previously used in our infrastructure," said Gerry Louw, chief information officer at VMS.
In addition, HP will unveil several new Linux reference architectures, including commercial Linux reference architectures based on Oracle Database/9iRAC and BEA WebLogic Server and an open-source reference infrastructure architecture based on open-source software from MySQL, JBoss, Apache and OpenLDAP.
The Linux reference architectures are being deployed on industry-standard HP ProLiant servers and will be deployed later on HP Integrity servers. "These solutions are tailored to enterprise customers migrating from Solaris, AIX and Tru64 to save them time and money," Fink said. HP will also announce updates to its Linux notebooks. The new HP Compaq t5300 and t5500 thin clients, priced at $299 and $349, respectively, feature Transmeta central processing units and high-resolution ATI Rage XC video. They come standard with a three-year limited hardware warranty, the company said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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