HP and DreamWorks ink a new deal

— 2:07 PM on January 30, 2002

HP and DreamWorks have announced a new three-year strategic alliance.

HP will provide computing infrastructure for DreamWorks' next-generation digital studio at its main facility in Glendale, which will make it possible to create the latest computer-generated animation more quickly, cost effectively and with greater artistic quality than ever before.

The alliance designates HP as DreamWorks' sole "preferred technology provider" for core technology purchases. HP will supply technical workstations, servers, printers, networking and Linux technologies as DreamWorks develops its newest animation pipeline. HP also will receive certain rights for product and brand placement.

In addition, HP CEO Carly Fiorina made a few interesting remarks today at LinuxWorld Conference and Expo.
"We see HP's role as helping to increase Linux' credibility in the business world," she said. "One of the primary motivations of HP's merger with Compaq is our deeply shared belief in standards-based platforms and technologies, and the contributions of the open source movement in helping customers take full advantage of these platforms."
Admittedly, some of that was self-serving, but HP's CEO has predicted a breakout year for Linux. Do you think she is right?
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