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HP to expand support for Linux

Hewlett-Packard is to provide Linux training for 5,000 support staff, an HP official said at the HP World 2002 Conference & Expo...

Hewlett-Packard is to provide Linux training for 5,000 support staff, an HP official said at the HP World 2002 Conference & Expo in Los Angeles yesterday (26 September).

While the company already has Linux expertise, it plans to train more personnel, said Rick Becker, HP vice-president of OS alliances. Some 5,000 people in HP's services organisation will get "refresh training" in Linux, Becker said.

"It's probably the best-kept secret. We have excellent services capabilities for Linux inside our company," said Becker.

The Linux platform is being deployed in a variety of environments, he said. "We're seeing strength in Linux, of course, in infrastructure around service providers. We're seeing the financial community looking at deploying Linux fairly universally for some of their internal applications," Becker said.

As Linux moves into the enterprise, customers want enterprise-class service and are willing to pay for it, according to Becker. Both Linux and Windows NT have been growing in usage by HP customers, he added.

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