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Linux brings in $2.5 billion for HP

Hewlett-Packard says it garnered $2.5 billion selling Linux-related products and services in 2003.

Hewlett-Packard said it garnered $2.5 billion selling Linux-related products and services in 2003.

The announcement, expected Thursday, comes as the open-source community prepares for the twice-annual LinuxWorld Conference and Expo from Jan. 20 to 23. At that show a year ago, HP Chief Executive Carly Fiorina said that HP garnered $2 billion in Linux-related products and services in 2002.

In addition, HP is now selling several new Linux-based collections of hardware and software. These collections include database software from Oracle and MySQL, and Web server software from BEA Systems, JBoss and Apache.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company also has two new thin clients--stripped-down PCs that rely on a central server for computing horsepower. The Compaq t5300 and t5500, based on Transmeta processors, plug into central Linux servers through technology from the Linux Terminal Server Project, a project closely affiliated with education customers.