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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-26 Print this article Print

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.
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.
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.

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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