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HP Extends Linux Support for Enterprise Solutions

Products and Services, Including Support for 44 HP Printers, Further Expand HP's Linux Solutions

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) today announced its Linux-based products, technologies and services, including more extensive Linux support for more than 40 HP LaserJet and business inkjet printers. HP's wide variety of appliances, printers, storage and service provider solutions and development tools are expected to expand the scalability, ease of use and cost-effectiveness of Linux to more customers.

Enterprise System Management Tools

HP Process Resource Manager (PRM) and HP Servicecontrol Manager (SCM) management tools bring proven UNIX® workload and cluster management to Linux environments on HP Netservers. Leveraging HP's enterprise solutions expertise, these software tools help optimize resources and improve productivity for system administrators, who can effectively manage up to five times as many systems as previously supported.

PRM is expected to be available in Q2 for an estimated U.S. street price of $495(1) with support for up to four CPUs. HP plans to offer SCM on Linux-supported HP servers, with expected availability in Q3, at no additional charge.

Support for 44 HP Printers

HP announced that 28 HP LaserJet and business inkjet printers with Adobe® PostScript® have full-feature support on Linux and that 16 HP LaserJet and business inkjet printers without Postscript have basic support on Linux. Full-feature support provides excellent text and image quality and allows users to access all device configuration options such as duplexing, tray selection and paper handling. HP plans to make Linux-compatible drivers available in spring 2001 for more than 30 HP Deskjet color inkjet printers, including models from the 600, 800 and 900 series. A demonstration of the inkjet printer drivers developed by HP is available in the LinuxWorld e-mail garden.

"HP is aggressively integrating and implementing Linux across our products and services," said Martin Fink, general manager, HP Linux Systems Operation. "This effort includes significant collaboration with the open source community and work with partners to provide complete solutions to our customers."

Rack-optimized Products for Service Providers

HP is demonstrating products that support Linux for service providers, including:

  • HP LP1000r and LP2000r Netservers, high-density 1U and 2U servers, delivering performance, scalability and value for Linux-based applications;
  • HP Surestore Disk System 2100, a flexible, 1U compact storage solution;
  • HP's Ultrium tape drive family, including HP's one-touch disaster recovery system; and
  • HP Web-hosting appliances based on Intel's® NetStructure products.

"HP's remote server management capabilities, and the ability to do large provisioning with minimal lead time, enabled us to ramp up our hosting platform quickly and efficiently," said Nancy Phillips, general manager, ViaWest Internet Services, Inc.

Development Tools

HP is demonstrating a platform that enables software developers to design applications using Linux and to deploy the applications in any environment, including Linux on the Itanium platform and HP-UX®. HP also is demonstrating binary compatibility between Linux and HP-UX for the Itanium processor family.

3D Graphics

HP is demonstrating Hoverball, a game developed by HP that utilizes 3D OpenGL accelerated graphics on Linux systems. Hoverball and Hoverware, the 3D development toolkit, are available at the show and are expected to be available soon on http://www.hp.com/linux. HP is releasing Hoverball and Hoverware as open source projects, hosted at http://sourceforge.net/projects/hoverball/.

Expanded Education and Enterprise Services

HP expanded its comprehensive Linux services with a Critical Systems Support service, including consulting and a commitment to repair hardware within six hours of a call. HP's Education division announced two courses that can lead to LPI certification. A total of 20 Linux courses are available, with several courses online in the HP virtual classroom or as self-pace via the Web.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure that's always on.

HP has 88,500 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.


(1) Actual prices may vary.

UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group.

Adobe and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Intel is a U.S. registered trademark of Intel Corporation.

HP-UX Release 10.20 and later and HP-UX Release 11.00 and later (in both 32- and 64-bit configurations) on all HP 9000 computers are Open Group UNIX 95 branded products.


This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Oct. 31, 2000, and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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