HP supporting Oregon State Linux portal

The idea is that non-commercial Linux distributions running on HP hardware can find support, even though it's not officially coming from HP. We're talking about server versions of Asianux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu.

Hewlett-Packard is quietly lending its support to a new Oregon State support portal for Linux, Communitylinux.org.

The site is hosted by Oregon State's Open Source Lab and, while its content is HP-centric, it is pointedly not part of the HP domain.

(This happy little penguin is supporting the Linux Foundation's annual membership drive. Are you?)

The idea is that non-commercial Linux distributions running on HP hardware can find support, even though it's not officially coming from HP. We're talking about server versions of Asianux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu.

All these programs can now be run on HP servers without violating their hardware warrantees.

Bdale Garbee, HP's Linux head, indicated at LinuxCon that HP's support over time will include loading tests and certifications it has done with Linux onto the site so the community can use the data.

It's a small announcement, but LinuxCon is a small show.