Hewlett-Packard extends Linux support

Hewlett-Packard Co. will soon offer Linux support on 44 printers and also will ship servers and development tools aimed at users of the OS, the company announced Wednesday at the LinuxWorld trade show in New York.

Twenty-eight HP LaserJet and business inkjet printers with Adobe Systems Inc. PostScript will offer full support on Linux and 16 LaserJet and business inkjets without Postscript will have basic Linux support, HP said. By next quarter, Linux-compatible drivers should be available for more than 30 HP Deskjet color inkjet printers, including models in the 600, 800 and 900 series. The drivers are being shown at LinuxWorld.

The company's Process Resource Manager software for Linux is due out in the second quarter priced at $495. Servicecontrol Manager for HP servers running Linux is expected to be out in the third quarter at no added cost. The software applications are aimed at helping boost productivity of systems administrators by allowing them to manage more systems at once.

Also at LinuxWorld, HP is showing high-density servers for Linux-based applications, compact storage, Web hosting products and Hoverball, a game that uses 3D OpenGl accelerated graphics on Linux systems.

The game and Hoverware, a 3D development toolkit, are available at the show and should be available soon at http://www.hp/com/linux, the company said. Both are being released as open source projects.

The company also is expanding its Linux services, offering now Critical Systems Support which includes consulting and a promise that HP will repair hardware within six hours of a service call.

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