It’s been rumored in the past week or so that HP may be developing a flavor of Linux to allow them to move past all of the headaches that come with Windows Vista. Nobody really knows at this point, but I do think that if it is true, it’s both a good move for HP, and a good thing for the Linux community in general.
If HP were to develop a flavor of Linux for their systems, there are a number of things that could finally come to the forefront for Linux. A wider audience, official hardware and driver support, and better technical support, to name a few. However, it’s unlikely that HP will develop a flavor of Linux made for distribution across all hardware platforms, though the Linux implementation may be easier to move to new systems than it’s current proprietary Unix implementation HP-UX. But that doesn’t mean the contributions to further improve Linux will not help the entire community.
For Linux to finally make it as a mainstream desktop operating system, a backing like this from a major player such as HP is the final push it needs to compete with Apple and Microsoft. This could mean big things for Linux. Let’s hope the rumors are true, it could be interesting.