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HP makes $25 million out of Debian

Not bad for something for free
Fri Feb 23 2007, 07:58
THE MAKER of printer ink called Hewlett Packard is making $25 million a year out of supporting Debian GNU/Linux distribution in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

HP said in August 2005 it would be offering support services for the hardware it shifts running Debian.

HP flogs what it calls Debian care packs of support services. Those care packs are bundled offerings of support from HP with different levels of service and response times. said that sales figures were far greater than HP thought they would be. It now plans to have all Proliant and Blade System Servers supported by Debian fairly soon.

Although HP supports both Novell SuSE Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux it is making a killing from Debian-related sales because the operating system comes at no charge.

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