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Debian backed by HP (pr preview 3)

Sorry for my english. It is not my first language. 
Below is a new version of the text, for wich I collected the info. It still
lacks some important paragraphs and need some link corrections to use only HP
and Debian, SPI links instead of those of Progeny (Can they be used on the
text from Debian? Do they need authorization?).

Please, see that http://wiki.debian.net/presscoverage is growing on the subject.

Andre Felipe


= Debian welcomes HP's support =

As the first tier-one  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 ending April 30, 2006, had revenue totaling $88.9 billion.

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

== HP and Debian Project ==

This is not the first time HP has shown 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, HP 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 previous period (
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 also an employee of HP  (
http://www.perens.com/Articles/Bio.html ) , and an elected Debian Project
Leader ( http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-leaders) too and
the previous volunteer board president of SPI.

The HP open source team has 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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