HP, Novell Join in Linux Desktop PushBy Shelley Solheim | Posted 2004-03-24 Email Print
As part of the deal announced at BrainShare, Novell's SuSE Linux will become HP's standard Linux distribution for business desktop and notebook PCs in North America and elsewhere.Thanks to an expanded partnership with Novell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. is claiming to be the only major IT vendor to provide Linux systems from the desktop to the datacenter.
The two companies, which already sell Linux on servers, announced Wednesday at Novell's BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City that they would work together to sell notebook and desktop PCs loaded with Linux.
Large enterprises continue to invest in the open-source operating system on the server, but Linux's adoption on the desktop, where it competes with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, has been much slower. Some Linux enthusiasts say 2004 could be a breakthrough year for Linux on the desktop, but others are skeptical.