Yahoo: HP to Become Preferred Vendor of Red Hat Linux
Wednesday March 19 2003 @ 09:42AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co (NYSE:HPQ - news) and Linux (news - web sites) software distributor Red Hat Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT - news) said on Tuesday they had struck an agreement making HP a preferred provider of services to support Red Hat's Linux offerings for large corporate customers.

HP rivals International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM - news) and Dell Computer Corp. (Nasdaq:DELL - news) already have similar status with Red Hat, said Mike Evans, vice president of channel sales and development for Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat.

Linux, a variant of the venerable Unix (news - web sites) operating system, is freely available, and tens of thousands of software developers contribute to it. It has emerged as a threat not only to Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) Windows operating system, but also to proprietary operating systems used by IBM, HP and Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW - news).

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