HP offers open-source software bundles

Hewlett-Packard plans to bundle open source products.

Hewlett-Packard plans to package their products in bundles called HP's Open Source Integrated Portfolio, the computer maker plans to announce Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo Tuesday. The bundles combine open-source "building blocks"--including the JBoss Application Server, JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite, and Symas' Connexitor Directory Services software--with Linux, Windows or HP's version of Unix, HP-UX.

HP, which has signed partnerships with several open-source software companies in recent months, provides support for the software. The company also offers its customers technology blueprints that detail good technology combinations for specific common tasks and consulting services to help customers plan and install the software. IBM announced Linux-based software bundles Monday employing its own higher-level software.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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