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Re: Unofficial HP/Compaq Drivers/Config Utilities for Debian

On Mon, 16 Feb 2004 12:40:09 +0100, Peter A. Cole wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Nate Duehr" <nate@natetech.com>
> To: "Debian-User users" <debian-user@lists.debian.org>
> Sent: Monday, February 16, 2004 9:20 PM
> Subject: Re: Unofficial HP/Compaq Drivers/Config Utilities for Debian
>> On Feb 16, 2004, at 3:17 AM, Peter A. Cole wrote:
>> > I was on a HP SAN course last week and was asking about support for
>> > Debian
>> > as opposed to Red Hat, and the answer was basically that it takes a
>> > long
>> > time to test Open Source operating systems and therefore the official
>> > support for any other distribution than Red Hat may happen at some
>> > stage,
>> > but not in the near future.
>> Oh that's retarded.
>> HP themselves *USE* Debian internally for a number of things, as it was
>> announced that it was a company standard some time ago.
>> The giant left hand doesn't know what the giant right hand is doing...
>> If one frustrated user can make a "usable" Debian package for those
>> systems in an evening or two, HP could certainly do a "professional"
>> quality one in a week and test it in along with the testing of the RH
>> RPM's.
>> Their advanced Linux development group could whip up a proper .deb in
>> their sleep, I'm sure.
>> Nate Duehr, nate@natetech.com
> I know what you mean.
> I also recall seeing on the Debian news site something about a Debian host
> being made available by HP for public use for testing of software etc.
> I raised this with my instructor, and he didn't know anything about it,
> although to give him some credit, he seems to have a fairly high interest in
> Linux but he also comes from the Compaq side of things pre-merger.
> Mind you, this was a very specific course aimed at entry-level SAN's
> (MSA1000), but there was no mention of support for anything but Red Hat in
> the higher spec SAN's either, and I still have yet to see a Debian Woody or
> any other distribution available on either the old HP NetServer Navigator
> CD's or the new SmartStart CD's as an O/S option.
> Pete

I agree that the left hand does not know what the right is doing. After
seeing the press releases that HP was expanding Debian support, I have
been told by their Linux support desk that they "Only support what is
listed on the website" which are EOL'd RedHat releases and UnitedLinux
distros. The HP Engineers may use Debian, but for some reason they still
do not have official support for their customers.

Bill Thompson
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