HP to support Debian

HP to support Debian

Summary: Although it appears to strictly be from a server point of view, HP is expanding it's support of Linux distributions to include Debian based on customer demand.  The announcement is clearly time to coincide with the start of LinuxWorld in San Francisco.

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Although it appears to strictly be from a server point of view, HP is expanding it's support of Linux distributions to include Debian based on customer demand.  The announcement is clearly time to coincide with the start of LinuxWorld in San Francisco.  HP already supports distros from Red Hat and Novell.  According to News.com's Stephen Shankland:

Debian is a steadfastly noncommercial version of Linux. But Hewlett-Packard will give it a big corporate hug Monday with the announcement of a plan to provide support for the open-source operating system... HP's offer will apply to the current "Sarge" version 3 of Debian and to version 4, "Etch," due in December. ..Debian won't be on the same level as Red Hat or Novell.....HP won't market it, and customers will have to download the software on their own. Software combinations with partners such as BEA Systems or Oracle won't be available with Debian. And HP won't formally certify Debian for its servers.

Of particular interest to me is a statement by Jeffrey Wade, HP's worldwide marketing manager for open source and Linux that seems to echo what I've heard elsewhere regarding Red Hat slipping out of touch with its initially passionate base of followers:

Sophisticated HP Linux customers requested the Debian support, after wondering if they could get "a better value with a distribution that doesn't require a subscription fee and subsequent renewals for that subscription," Wade said.

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  • Red Hat's Base

    Never mind passion, Red Hat's base is paranoid management who want app certification. Red Hat has nothing to worry about until Cadence, Mentor, Synopsys, Oracle, etc. certify their applications for Debian Sarge.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
    • Bingo

      Red Hat has done so well by providing something very much in demand in the Linux market - a stable base.

      By stable I don't mean something that doesn't crash or provides great security. Most Linux distros already supply this.

      By stable I mean a stable API, kernel interface, fully tested and certified packages, and a stationary, non moving target that ISVs and hardware vendors can easily target their respective products.

      The rest of the Linux world, and indeed much of the rest of OSS, often presents a moving target, and rapid change, and bleeding edge where users often bleed. Linux enthusiasts might indeed want to stay on the bleeding edge to have all the latest goodies. But enterprises need the stable, stationary target.

      Enterprises also need one big organization to get services and support, and one that appears stable and not "fly by night". Enterprises are conservative and risk adverse, and Red Hat fits that bill.

      That said, Debian Stable most certainly provides a stable, stationary target for the ecosystem. But what it lacks is big verndor backing. Thus, HP steps in.
      boobasaurus