Hewlett-Packard Co says it is yielding to large clients' demands and expanding Linux distribution -- a decision that could force Microsoft to reconsider some of its corporate pricing for Windows. \nHP announced a wider partnership on Wednesday with Novell Inc and plans to package its SuSE version of Linux with computers bound for corporate clients. \n"What's interesting is the possibility it will give Microsoft the impression that it's actually in a competitive market," IDC analyst Roger Kay said. "It would act like a competitor rather than a monopoly and use price as a competitive tool." \nMicrosoft Corp declined to comment, and an HP executive downplayed suggestions of fiercer competition for the software behemoth at a news conference Wednesday. \n"Our Microsoft relationship is good, strong and powerful," said Martin Fink, vice president of HP's Linux division. \nStill, Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft could stand to lose the most if HP's new venture proves successful. \nHP decided to move more toward the Linux platform after "a number of very large customers from Fortune 50 companies" expressed interest in the product, Fink said. Those customers are looking for ways to cut information technology costs, and figure that cutting out the expense of buying multiple Windows licenses would help, he said. \nHP already offers Linux options for select client systems, and sells more than 400,000 Linux-based workstations each year. But Fink said most of those clients are in Asia and Eastern Europe, and Wednesday's announcement reflects a bigger commitment to integrating Linux desktops into corporate operations in North America. \nFink declined to offer specific projections of how many more Linux-based desktops the company might sell. \n"We want to grow at least as fast as the market, and faster if we can," he said. \nThe desktops would be available only to corporate consumers. He wouldn't comment on how much the units would cost, saying expenses would vary by client and by distribution method. \nLinux, an open-source operating system that's developed by a community of volunteers and paid programmers, has so far found traction mainly in corporate servers, not in desktop PCs. Today, only up to 3 percent of all client computers ship with Linux, though the number is difficult to track since half of them end up in China, where many of the computers end up with copies of Windows installed, Kay said. \n"The reality is it's probably 1 percent using Linux," Kay said. \nFink said he expected to roll out the product in the second half of the year.
FORCED LABOR: Customs officials have seized a 11.8 tonne shipment of products made from human hair on suspicion they were produced by people facing human rights abuses Federal authorities in New York City on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials said that 11.8 tonnes of hair products worth an estimated US$800,000 were in the shipment. “The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in
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