Hewlett-Packard has broadened its Linux effort, establishing a separate division to house its business interests in the open-source operating system, CNET News.com has learned.
The new unit, headed by Martin Fink, is a part of the company's Enterprise Servers and Storage (ESS) group. Previously, HP's Linux effort had been concentrated within its Industry Standard Server organization, which sells the ProLiant line of servers based on Intel's x86 chips.
The move reflects an expanding role for Linux within HP, particularly as HP begins shipping more servers based on Intel's Itanium 2 processors. It also follows the broader reshuffling of HP's overall enterprise unit in May, which created the ESS group out of HP's server and storage units.