Hewlett-Packard is encouraging users of Sun Microsystem's Solaris operating system to switch to HP machines running Linux, as well as offering $25,000 in porting and migration services.
"We're seeing a lot of customers migrating from Sparc Solaris to ProLiant running Linux," said Brad Anderson, HP's vice-president of industry standard servers. "This is just one more incentive for customers to do that."
Under the programme, Sun's customers in the US will be able to obtain a free assessment of how to port as many as three Solaris applications.
HP will also port one application from Solaris to Linux at no charge, and offer customers free use of a ProLiant server for 30 days, as well as an assessment of how to improve their storage systems.
Sun launched a similar programme targeting HP's Alpha microprocessor users last July. Its "HP Away" programme offered HP customers incentives to port from Alpha's Tru64 Unix operating system to Solaris.
HP's programme is available immediately in the US and will be offered until 31 December. However, HP has no plans to do the same in the UK.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service