Linux rakes in revenue for HP

HP has announced record-breaking revenues of US$2.5 billion for Linux-based products and services during its past fiscal year.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  March 16, 2004

For an open source operating system that is supposed to be free to all, the world’s enthusiasm for Linux is making some people very rich. The latest vendor to benefit from Linus Torvalds’ kernel is HP, as the computing giant has announced record-breaking revenues of US$2.5 billion for Linux-based products and services during its past fiscal year. “2003 was a banner year for Linux at HP – our Linux services and solutions business grew at 40%, we became the first major Linux vendor to initiate a Linux Indemnity programme for customers, we are working with many new enterprise customers and we made over $2.5 billion in revenue for the year,” says Jamil Ahmed, Servers manager for HP Saudi Arabia. “We have established HP as one of the world’s pre-eminent Linux vendors and we anticipate continued growth in 2004, led by our dedication to meeting customer needs, industry-standard Linux platform leadership, a broad services portfolio, and innovation such as Linux on notebooks and desktops,” he adds. To ensure HP can carry on adding to its open source coffers, the vendor is bringing its worldwide Linux road show to the Middle East. Starting in Riyadh on March 24 and then moving onto Egypt and the UAE, the show will demonstrate how companies can maximise their return on investment with the open source OS.

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