Hewlett-Packard has announced support for the Debian distribution of the open source Linux operating system.
HP will now support Debian Linux across its Proliant and Bladesystem servers, putting Debian on a par with Red Hat, Novell SuSE and the Asianux foundation of Miracle, Red Flag and Haansoft.
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The hardware giant also launched a new Debian Linux thin client, the HP t5725, which is designed to be customisable with a wide range of Debian applications.
In a further boost for Linux users, HP announced improved services, including remote monitoring and diagnosis tools – backed by HP service and support – to be shipped with each HP server running Linux.
HP is seeking to tap into the increasing business interest in Linux. In April it launched the HP Control Tower – a software package designed to simplify the management of Linux on blade servers – based on technology gained through the acquisition of specialist Linux management firm RLX last year.
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