The New York Times > Technology > Hewlett to Support Software of 2 Open Source Companies "But I.B.M.'s database and applications server products could themselves be undermined someday by open source offerings like MySQL and JBoss. "I.B.M. fears open source as it moves up above the operating system," Mr. Fink of Hewlett-Packard said.
Hewlett-Packard has few such fears. Al Gillen, an analyst at IDC, a research firm, said, "H-P doesn't have much of a software business, so it sees open source software as a clear-cut opportunity to sell more hardware."
Hewlett-Packard is the leader in server computers running Linux, but its market share is slipping, according to an IDC report on Friday. In the first quarter, Hewlett-Packard had 28.8 percent of revenue in the market for Linux-based server computers, followed by Dell Computer with 18.2 percent and I.B.M. with 17.5 percent. The market shares for Hewlett-Packard and Dell declined from the year-earlier quarter, while I.B.M.'s share in Linux-based servers increased."