HP Makes Strategic Long-term Investment in Linux
Article by George Norman
On 05 Nov 2012
Just like Samsung, HP decided to make a strategic, long-term investment in Linux by becoming a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation.

Eileen Evans, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Cloud Computing and Open Source, HP:
“Linux is a strategic asset for all major technology companies. With our Linux Foundation Platinum membership, we will have a variety of ways to maximize our investment in Linux and collaborative development that advances our own business as well as greater industry innovation.


Previously a Gold member of The Linux Foundation, HP decided to upgrade its membership to Platinum. This means that HP made a strategic, long-term investment in Linux and it also means that HP decided to support The Linux Foundation at the highest level.

A Platinum membership marks the highest level of support for The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of the Linux operating system. The other Platinum Members of The Linux Foundation are Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm, and Samsung.

For a long time, HP contributed to the development of the Linux OS and shared its expertise with open source software communities. Furthermore, HP already uses Linux on a variety of devices, such as printers, servers, and various networking equipment. It’s safe to say then that the company is aware of what Linux has to offer. It is for that reason that it decided to throw its full support behind the OS and support its development for the future. As a Platinum member of The Linux Foundation, HP will be directly involved in advancing Linux-based initiatives, workgroups, Labs, events, and more.

Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation, had this to comment on HP becoming a Platinum member:
“With one of the richest and most recognized stories in technology, HP has a history of innovation and market success. Because of this history and innate knowledge of software development, HP understands that Linux and collaborative development can benefit its business across its product portfolio. We’re looking forward to the work we can accomplish with HP.”

Tags: Linux, The Linux Foundation, HP, Samsung, Platinum, membership
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