HP and Novell are currently offering a SUSE Linux enterprise desktop suite on the HP Compaq dc5850.
The suite provides a number of applications, including a web browser, Open Office, multimedia tools and email software. HP is also collaborating with Novell to develop a range of educational software solutions such as math, art and word games.
"We are excited to expand our work with HP to take advantage of the high-growth desktop Linux space," said Roger Levy, senior VP of Novell's Open Platform Solutions. "As the best-engineered and most interoperable Linux desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop helps customers increase security and improve productivity. With the focus on educational users, this affordable joint offering delivers a solid learning platform and prepares students with 21st-century technology skills."
In addition, HP and Symantec have unveiled a virtualised browsing solution based on Mozilla Firefox that allows users to safely surf the web. Indeed, harmful changes made to the PC are contained in a "virtual layer" separate from the operating system.
"As companies continue to rely on the internet as a primary business tool, the need for systems that are more stable and resistant to the effects of interacting on the web has become a top concern," explained Alan Reed of HP. "With HP's virtual browsing solution, small business customers are equipped with an easy-to-use solution to efficiently manage their PCs, ultimately saving time and costs."
HP's latest foray into the software market follows the successful consolidation of its lead in several key hardware sectors. The company recently reported a respectable 54.7 per cent blade server market share and quarterly factory revenues growth of 55.5 per cent. HP has also bolstered its Procurve network unit in an effort to compete with Cisco.
In addition, HP's network hardware revenue has increased by 40 per cent over the last two quarters, securing the company's position number two market position. HP now accounts for seven per cent market share by revenue, compared with Cisco's 77 per cent. Procurve, which currently generates approximately $1 billion in annual sales, is considered HP's second most profitable business. X