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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-12 Print this article Print

: 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.

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.

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.

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    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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