: HPs Porting Service"> For its part, HPs Software Porting Express Service will allow users of Unix environments such as Solaris and IBMs AIX to evaluate and assess a port to Linux for a fixed fee. Mike Balma, a Linux business strategist for HP, in Cupertino, Calif., said the company will be offering LinuxWorld attendees the service at no charge for the duration of the show. "If people have their code or access to their code, they can bring it to us, and well run it through the tools and have experts there to evaluate that," Balma said.Joe Paresi, president of security systems and vice president of product development at L-3, said Linux is more cost-effective and offers an easier transition than to Windows. "We felt [Linux] is mature enough and cost-effective enough, and there were companies out there that could support our ongoing development needs," Paresi said. "Linux also offers a community development process that works to quickly help solve problems." Sun officials dismissed the moves by HP and IBM as "nothing more than their acknowledgment of our strength in the server space," said Jack OBrien, manager of Suns Linux business office, in Menlo Park, Calif. "Our competitors are clearly becoming more concerned as we fill out our product line with Linux products based on the Intel [Corp.] x86 architecture." Sun will use this weeks conference to launch a new edge server, a general-purpose x86 server, the Sun LX 50. It will carry a single or dual Pentium III processor and come with Linux and Solaris 8 for x86. Pricing will start at just under $2,800, OBrien said. Related stories:
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Another company that has also moved part of its infrastructure from Unix to Linux is L-3 Communications Corp., an aerospace and defense contractor in New York. L-3 has integrated hundreds of HP three-dimensional workstations running Linux into its examiner 3DX 6000 machines, which are used for explosives detection in checked luggage at airports in the United States and abroad.