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HP to certify Ubuntu Linux

HP to certify Ubuntu Linux

The Ubuntu Server operating system is to receive official certification from HP - making it a fully supported OS choice for Proliant hardware.

HP has joined forces with Canonical to offer the Ubuntu Linux distribution on its server hardware.

According to an article over on BetaNews, HP – which already has some experience with the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution on its netbook hardware – has partnered with Canonical to certify the Ubuntu Server operating system on Proliant server hardware.

The deal sees Canonical's Ubuntu join Red Hat and SuSE as the officially-approved and fully-supported server operating systems available as standard with HP Proliant hardware. Alliances manager at Canonical, Mark Murphy, hopes that the move will “give another layer of assurance to users and customers – particularly in the enterprise – with market leader HP recognising the growing importance of Ubuntu to enterprise and SMB customers.

The certification process – which has not yet been completed – will see Ubuntu listed as a supported operating system on Proliant hardware, and Canonical and HP engineers working together to ensure harmonious operation.

The move is a big win for Canonical in the enterprise sector, and expands on work the company has already done with IBM – who partnered with the company to produce a virtual desktop system which runs on Ubuntu servers – and Sun Microsystems. The company is also running a beta with Amazon's EC2 cloud computing platform, offering customers the opportunity to use Ubuntu Server as their cloud operating system.

Do you believe that the server is where Canonical should be concentrating its efforts, or has Linux already won that battle? Should Canonical be trying to get more Ubuntu Desktop distribution deals in the bag? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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War-Rasta 19th February 2009, 12:57 Quote
Woot! Go Ubuntu!
I only wish there were more laptops that came with it since I'll be in the market for one soon, but it's never a bad thing to see Ubuntu gain some more exposure.
Omnituens 19th February 2009, 13:44 Quote
why is there an advert link on the word "server"?

just ran a spyware/adware check, and im clean.
proxess 19th February 2009, 13:55 Quote
Linux for all! Way to go Ubuntu is right!

I've got everything clean, didn't see any of that, tho I've got noscript so maybe that blocked something.

Edit: Even with intellitxt and doubleclick and google unblocked, nothing of the kind.
steveo_mcg 19th February 2009, 13:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Omnituens
why is there an advert link on the word "server"?

just ran a spyware/adware check, and im clean.
http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=164152
Nikumba 19th February 2009, 14:21 Quote
I think the server sector is the right place to aim at.

Ubunutu on the corporate desktop is still a long way off in my opinion, yet lots of companies run file servers, dns, dhcp etc which all can be done on linux.

So well done them

Kimbie
ParaHelix.org 19th February 2009, 14:43 Quote
The great group of dedicated Ubuntu developers really do deserve this, and more than this. Ubuntu, well done, and keep up your fantastic work.
Glider 19th February 2009, 15:57 Quote
Well, I'm a bit contra this... Debian, ok, but not Ubuntu. "Linux is for everyone", but Ubuntu is too much bloat to put on a server...
Gareth Halfacree 19th February 2009, 16:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Glider
Well, I'm a bit contra this... Debian, ok, but not Ubuntu. "Linux is for everyone", but Ubuntu is too much bloat to put on a server...
Have you tried Ubuntu Server? It's a clean install - comparable to a default Debian Lenny install. No GUI, no bloat whatsoever.

I agree that Ubuntu Desktop would be ridiculous for a server install, but that's why it's called Ubuntu Desktop. ;)
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