Hewlett-Packard to Launch Linux-Based PCs Globally

I don’t see Linux, on the desktop, supplanting Microsoft Windows anytime soon, however, it definitely will grow in popularity. But I think for many years to come, smaller businesses should stick to a Microsoft operating system based computing environment.
Reuters reports that Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HPQ – news) is putting its weight behind personal computers that run the Linux (news – web sites) operating system, the No. 1 personal computer and computer printer maker said on Wednesday.
Palo Alto, California-based HP said it will work with Novell Inc. (NasdaqNM:NOVL – news), which sells a version of the Linux operating system, to ensure that its business customers can use the fast-growing software on its desktop and notebook computers by providing support and testing.
HP’s push behind Linux comes even as the software has been the focus of a legal battle by the SCO Group Inc. (Nasdaq:SCOX – news), which says companies are distributing Linux software that is based on code from the Unix (news – web sites) operating system, which it owns. (full story)