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Debian backed by HP (pr preview 2)

I used some previous messages texts, own HP pr text plus Garbee message,
debian times text, and my own blog text to edit the content below.

It is still missing some paragraphs editing, and further searching for using
only hp and debian links. I used the Progeny ones, as older links to hp ( I
had in my blog) does not work anymore.


Andre Felipe Machado


= Debian welcomes HP's support =

As the first tier-one world class vendor, Hewlett Packard announced (
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2006/060814a.html  )the addition of
Debian GNU/Linux as a supported Linux distribution on monday.
The support  is offered worldwide for a range of its Proliant (
http://www.hp.com/products/proliant ) and BladeSystem  (
http://www.hp.com/go/bladesystem )  server hardware as well as the new t5725
Thin Client product ( http://www.hp.com/products/thinclients ). 

The new support services offering leverages the knowledge of 6500
professionals worldwide dedicated to open source, at the company that for the
four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2006, had revenue totaled $88.9 billion.

HP already offered special support contract services (http://www.hp.com/linux
) for customized Debian version for corporate customers, most at telecom
industry ( http://www.progeny.com/customers/hp.htm ).

== HP and Debian Project ==

This is not the first time HP shows appreciation for Debian GNU/Linux, being
involved with Debian Project since 1995.
HP is a sponsor and colaborator of Debian Project, donating hosting and
bandwidth for various servers of the project. Also, uses Debian GNU / Linux as
a reference developer platform (
http://opensource.hp.com/opensource_projects.html )
Already uses Debian GNU / Linux in its print server devices and  Network
Attached Storage (NAS).

The CTO, Bdale Garbee, is a Debian Developer, and was elected Debian Project
Leader for a mandate (
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-leaders ) and in august
2006 was elected  (
 ) volunteer board president of Software in the Public Interest, SPI (
http://www.spi-inc.org ) that is the legal face of the Debian Project.

Bruce Perens ( http://www.perens.com ) was already an employee of HP  (
http://www.perens.com/Articles/Bio.html ) , and also an elected Debian Project
Leader ( http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-leaders) and the
previous volunteer board president of SPI.

The HP open source team has a good expertise already. In 2005, among 48,000
open source support calls, only 180 were fowarded to upstream distributors or

While support for Debian GNU/Linux on hardware from various vendors, 
including HP, IBM and others, has been available on a case per case basis 
for a number of years, this is the first time a major vendor offers support 
as part of a standard package <better language here!>. <here would be a 
good place for a DPL quote :-)>, said Debian project leader Anthony Towns.

<I'm sure you can add more paragraphs here ad lib... :-) >

== About Debian ==

Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a thousand
volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet. Debian's
dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open development
model make it unique among GNU/Linux distributions.

The Debian project's key strengths are its volunteer base, its dedication to
the Debian Social Contract, and its commitment to provide the best operating
system possible.

== About HP ==

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and
institutions globally. The company?s offerings span IT infrastructure, global
services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four
fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2006, HP revenue totaled $88.9 billion. More
information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.
HP also offers tested and supported enabling solutions that leverage the
company?s 6,500 open source and Linux service professionals worldwide.
HP worldwide Linux products http://www.hp.com/linux
More information on HP?s open source and Linux offerings is available in an
online press kit at www.hp.com/go/linuxworld2006.
HP open source projects at http://opensource.hp.com/opensource_projects.html
Open Source and Linux from HP at http://opensource.hp.com/


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