HP sets up Linux business division

Hewlett-Packard has set up a product division devoted to Linux as the company raises its commitment to products based on the...

Hewlett-Packard has set up a product division devoted to Linux as the company raises its commitment to products based on the open-source operating system.

It will promote alignment, collaboration and communication for Linux efforts among HP's services, software and hardware organisations, said spokeswoman Elizabeth Phillips.

The Linux business, a cross-company priority for HP for several years, had been going well, but is poised to become even better and more focused now that the new division has been created, she said.

It will be housed in the Enterprise Servers and Storage business unit and led by Martin Fink, who has been named Linux vice-president.

Fink was general manager of HP's Linux Systems division. The new Linux division will have a broader reach and more resources than the old Linux Systems Division.

Fink has also served on the board of the Open Source Development Lab and wrote The Business and Economics of Linux and Open Source.

The Linux division will have its own marketing director, strategy director, engineering director and chief technology officer.

Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG News Service

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