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Debian backed by HP (pr preview 4)

It has been some days since the HP announcement.
A Debian Project announcement should be issued soon.
Please, correct the language mistakes and publish some
text on the news.
I included some quotes of the DPL from his blog.
Also, edited the initial paragraphs to use Mr. Garbee's previous msg.
And pointed to the wiki page listing press coverage.

Andre Felipe


= Debian welcomes HP's support =

As the first tier-one  vendor, HP announced 
( http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2006/060814a.html )
that it has increased Linux distribution support options for 
customers and expanded its portfolio to include support 
for Debian GNU / Linux.
In addition to continuing support for HP's existing products that are
based on Debian GNU / Linux, HP will now enable Debian on 
a range of its Proliant 
(http://www.hp.com/products/proliant ) and BladeSystem  (
http://www.hp.com/go/bladesystem )  server hardware
 worldwide, and also introduced a new Debian-based, 
customizable 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

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

== HP and Debian Project ==

This is not the first time HP has shown appreciation for Debian
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 /
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
Leader for a previous period (
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/project-history/ch-leaders ) and in
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
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

Support for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution has been available from
various vendors on a case per case basis for a number of years yet. 
"I find it really pleasing that companies are doing support for Debian 
not because we've negotiated with them, but because customers are
for it." said Debian Project Leader Anthony Towns.

"It’s interesting that vendors are seeing enough interest in Debian
their customers to be specifically supporting it, whether on an
 negotiated basis as IBM does, or now on a standard basis for entire 
product ranges as HP is. "

"I’m also pretty pleased that HP’s commitment to Debian support 
doesn’t come at a cost to the support they’re offering for their 
other tier-one distributions.
To me, that’s what free software’s all about, 
friendly competition that’s focussed on making people’s computers work, 
not exclusive deals and promotional rights." said Debian Project Leader
Anthony Towns.

The announcement is generating media interest, as can be seen at
http://wiki.debian.org/presscoverage .

== About Debian ==

Debian GNU/Linux is a free operating system, developed by more than a
volunteers from all over the world who collaborate via the Internet.
dedication to Free Software, its non-profit nature, and its open
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
system possible.

== About HP ==

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and
institutions globally. The company?s offerings span IT infrastructure,
services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the
fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2006, HP revenue totaled $88.9 billion.
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
online press kit at www.hp.com/go/linuxworld2006.
HP open source projects at
Open Source and Linux from HP at http://opensource.hp.com/


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