Fiorina devoted her speech to outlining HP's breadth of Linux-supporting software, hardware and services and to screening pre-recorded customer testimonials about the advantages of HP's Linux products.
She also touched on HP's planned merger with Compaq, defending the merger's advantages and arguing that it will create a powerful Linux advocate.
"One of the prime innovations, one of the prime motivations of our merger with Compaq is our deeply shared belief in standards-based platforms and technologies,"
"This is a combination that's good for Linux," Fiorina said. What I have been telling customers is that as this merger goes forward our strategic commitment at the operating system level is to Windows, Unix and Linux."
Compaq and HP are both committed to driving adoption of Linux on Intel's forthcoming Itanium processor, Fiorina said. Together, the two companies will have an "unbeatable" research and development team and will be able to facilitate progress toward industry-wide standards and help Linux mature as an enterprise platform, she said.
Fiorina told the LinuxWorld audience that Microsoft products were a mainstay of many corporations on their desktops and will remain a fixture. Linux is finding its way into enterprises though niche applications, she said.
"Right now, we're taking a pragmatic approach. The question for us is not,'will Linux dominate the world?' it's 'what part of the world will Linux dominate?'" she said.