SuSE has been working with HP since 1999 and already had a close technical cooperation. Managers who work with the engineering and development teams on both sides and who coordinate the product road maps have been making sure that early products from both sides are sent to the other party for testing and certification, Heine said. HPs Coppersmith declined to comment on the lawsuit between The SCO Group and IBM and on SCOs warnings to users that Linux is an unauthorized derivative of Unix, except to confirm that HP is moving ahead with its Linux strategy and positioning.In other Linux news, the UnitedLinux consortium has introduced the UnitedLinux Ready Partner program for ISVs. The program allows ISVs to self-test and certify their products on UnitedLinux. Upon the completion of certification, ISVs will be designated UnitedLinux Ready partners. "Our goal is to have as broad a range of applications as possible available to Linux users, and we are happy to assist ISVs toward this objective," said Paula Hunter, the general manager for UnitedLinux. HPs Coppersmith said this announcement along with HPs support agreement with SuSE are steps forward for enterprise Linux. "The next frontier is providing single-point-of-support solution stacks to the market," he said.
HPs Linux priorities moving forward are to focus on its current Linux deployments and the volume market, while growing the value enterprise market as the customer need for that evolves. "Our strategy is to offer customers choice and fulfill their needs when they choose Linux," he said.