Press Release: October 03, 2003

HP Extends Linux Lifeline to Sun Customers

Offers free services to help customers migrate to HP's market-leading industry-standard platforms
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 3, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced a comprehensive migration program to help move customers from Sun Solaris to HP's market-leading industry-standard platforms running Linux.

The new sales and service program offers customers at no cost a combination of assessment, porting and migration services, valued at approximately $25,000, for moving applications from Sun Solaris to Linux. The program enables qualified customers to take advantage of the cost savings of open source Linux and the power and choice of industry-standard computing.

HP's Sun migration program provides qualifying customers in the Americas with a free assessment of porting and migration needs for up to three applications; porting of one application at no charge; use of an industry-standard HP ProLiant server for up to 30 days for proof of concept testing; and an HP StorageWorks storage area network assessment at no charge to improve storage utilization.

HP has established a hotline at +1 800 HP ASK ME (+1 800 472 7563) and a Website at for customers to take advantage of this offer, which is available through Dec. 31, 2003.

"Customers are telling us it's time to take advantage of the economics of Linux while cutting their risk and architecting for the future," said Marc Jourlait, vice president of enterprise marketing programs, HP Enterprise Systems Group. "HP already offers the market's leading Linux platforms with our industry-standard servers, and we're taking accountability by now helping customers migrate to the future faster than ever."

HP last week became the first major Linux vendor to offer an indemnity program(1) to qualified customers for SCO intellectual property infringement claims. HP offers the industry's broadest range of Linux-based servers -- from single-processor HP ProLiant servers to 64-processor HP Integrity servers.

More information on HP's Linux initiative is available at

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(1) The indemnity program requires customers to sign an indemnity agreement that outlines the covered claims, rights and responsibilities of HP and customer. For more details please visit HP reserves the right to modify or cancel the indemnity program at any time.

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