: Linux Guru Bruce Perens Leaves HP"> Mike Balma, the director of marketing for HPs Linux system operations at that time, said this was the first time a large corporation like HP had brought a high-profile Linux evangelist into such a senior management position. "As Linux became increasingly pervasive across the company, we realized how much we needed to bring someone in-house who was a great engineer but who also had credibility in the open-source community and could hear their voice," he said.The merger would, in fact, effectively create the largest global Linux company and be a good meld of HPs Linux technology operation with Compaqs huge hardware business, he said. "This will be a good fit of the differing capabilities of the two firms. The HP team has enormous experience in developing a range of hands on Linux solutions, while Compaq moves enormous amounts of hardware. As such, our Linux business would immediately be far larger and have the potential to grow even more," he said. HP remained a three operating system company, supporting Windows, Linux and Unix, and its focus going forward would be improvements in system administration, hardware administration as well as simpler clustered Linux system administration, Perens said at that time. But his relationship with HP management has sometimes been strained. In July, Perens publicly announced that he would openly discuss how to circumvent DVD player controls in a presentation at the OReilly Open Source Convention in San Diego. But pressure from HP saw him back off from those details in his presentation. However, at that time he gave what was perhaps a warning of things to come, reportedly saying that he was "too political to be an employee." Related Stories:
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(Note: This story was updated after receiving comments from Perens.)
In March, Perens told eWEEK that he did not expect any significant shift in the Linux strategies as a result of the proposed merger between HP and Compaq.