Free Software from HP, Still?
by Steve Anglin
Late last year, CNET News.com reported that Hewlett-Packard plans to attack BEA Systems and IBM in the market for Java Web application server software that runs e-business transactions. Given the HP-Compaq merger, can we still expect to see this? My hunch is no.
Analysts say HP was hoping to make a quick impact in the Web application server software market. HP executives had said "the company's new strategy is to give away its base application server for free but to generate profit by selling software modules that work on top of it, including more reliable technology for transactions, and tools that allow businesses to build and offer new subscription-based software and services over the Internet."
With Compaq now in the formula, expect the HP side of the business, mostly servers, to go back to favoring Windows, which means an emphasis on .NET instead of Java. Therefore, HP's prior plans for distributing free software for Java developers are now likely dead. We'll soon see.
Given the HP-Compaq merger, can we still expect to see this? My hunch is no. What do you think?