Configuration Guide and Use of HP Products under Linux (Version 0.94)

Bruno Cornec

Hewlett Packard


This document describes the use of products available in the Hewlett-Packard (HP) catalog with Linux and some free software. It gives the state of the support for hardware, software to use, answers to some frequently asked questions and gives elements of sizing. The goals are to offer a general view of free software functions and their use at best with HP products; as well as to make new users of HP products rapidly operational and also to allow others to choose their products knowing facts.


This HOWTO is a free documentation thanks to Medasys and HP for whom I do that job; you may copy, redistribute and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, Front-Cover Texts or Back-Cover Texts. This document is distributed hoping it will be useful, but without any guaranty; you're completely responsible of its use, and couldn't complain in case it doesn't work, or even if it breaks the hardware. All the software included in it, if not already copyrighted is released under the GPL.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
1.1. Presentation
1.1.1. New versions of this document
1.1.2. Suggestions and contributions
1.2. Aknowledgements
2. Presentation of Linux and Free Software
2.1. Some definitions
2.1.1. Free Software or Open Source software
2.1.2. Examples and counter-examples
2.1.3. Linux
2.2. Free software concepts
2.2.1. Free software philosophy
2.2.2. The choice of free software
2.2.3. Wrong ideas on free software
2.2.4. Real problems around free software
2.3. Linux and other operating systems
2.3.1. Linux and other proprietary Unix (HP-UX, Tru64, AIX, Solaris, Irix)
2.3.2. Linux and SCO/Caldera
2.3.3. Linux and Windows NT/2000/XP
3. Linux and HP products
3.1. Informations on HP products and Linux
3.1.1. General information
3.1.2. Particular announces
3.2. HP hardware supported by Linux
3.2.1. Intel based computer range
3.2.2. The monitors range
3.2.3. PA-Risc based computer range
3.2.4. The IA-64 range
3.2.5. X Terminals
3.2.6. The printing product range
3.2.7. Digital imaging product range
3.2.8. All-in-one range (OfficeJet)
3.2.9. The Storage products range
3.3. HP software and free software
3.3.1. HP softwares under Linux
3.3.2. Third party softwares linked to HP for Linux
3.3.3. Free softwares under HP-UX
3.3.4. Free softwares under MPE/IX
3.4. Support of HP solutions under Linux
3.5. Training on HP Linux solutions
3.6. HP as an Open Source Software user and contributor
4. Solutions and Sizing
4.1. Linux as file and print server
4.1.1. Linux as file server
4.1.2. Linux as print server
4.2. Internet/Intranet Linux server
4.2.1. Web Server
4.2.2. Mail Server
4.2.3. Firewall/Proxy/Web-Cache server
4.2.4. Directory server
4.3. Linux as computing server
4.4. Linux as an office server
5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
6. Customer References
7. References
8. Contributors
9. Future versions
List of Tables
2-1. Performances of Free Software
3-1. Brio and Linux
3-2. Vectra and Linux
3-3. e-PC and Linux
3-4. Kayak and Linux
3-5. Desktop computer accessories
3-6. Visualize and Linux
3-7. HP workstation and Linux
3-8. Workstations accessories
3-9. OmniBook and Linux
3-10. Mobile computer accessories
3-11. Jornada and Linux
3-12. NetServers and Linux
3-13. NetServers accessories
3-14. HP Monitors and Linux
3-15. HP IA-64 Servers and Linux
3-16. HP IA-64 Workstations and Linux
3-17. Printer Control codes
3-18. Scanners and Linux
3-19. Cameras and Linux
4-1. Sizing of a file server
4-2. Sizing of a print server
4-3. Sizing of a static Web server
4-4. Sizing of a dynamic Web server
4-5. Sizing of an e-mail server
4-6. Sizing of a Firewall/Proxy/Web-Cache server
4-7. Sizing of a LDAP server
4-8. Sizing of an office server
7-1. Web sites of HP
7-2. Other fundamental sites on Linux and Open Source Software
List of Figures
2-1. Server operating system repartition in 1998 (IDC).
2-2. Server operating system repartition in 1999 (IDC).
2-3. Web server software by Netcraft between 1995 and 2001.
2-4. Repartition of Internet servers by IOS Counter in April 1999.