Hey, look at this. HP's Michael Schulz gave a presentation recently in Johannesburg, and he announced they will ship Ubuntu on notebooks and PCs in Africa. I wish they'd do that here. In the speech, he also talked about HP's internal use of Linux:
HP's Emea open source technologist Michael Schulz . . . said the company today has as many as 15,000 Linux-based devices on its own internal networks and uses free software for many critical roles from its mail system, to DNS servers, and even its LaserJet development laboratories.
Schulz said that HP's entire email infrastructure -- including a webmail client based on Squirrelmail -- is run on Linux and delivers in the region of three terabytes of mail annually.
HP's internal instant messaging services are also run on open source software, using the Jabber platform, said Shulz.
The company's domain name services are also run on Linux using services such as Bind and NTP, said Schulz. The decision to use Linux for these services has paid off, he said, realising savings in the region of around 33%.
33%! That is huge. Anyone who doesn't consider Linux where it can be used, with savings like that possible, just isn't being fiscally responsible. Why does HP use Linux? Schulz says, "It is . . . the best operating system available out there."