HP Upgrades Linux Foundation Membership to Platinum, To Cough Up $500,000 Annually

Pulkit Chandna

Over the weekend, just as the crème de la crème of the Linux community were getting ready for the start of LinuxCon Europe 2012 in Barcelona, Spain, the Linux Foundation was busy securing a greater commitment to its cause from Hewlett-Packard . Hitherto a Gold member, the Palo Alto-based tech company, which boasts a number of Linux-based products in its portfolio, has decided to take its involvement with the Linux Foundation to the next level.

Hewlett-Packard has upgraded its Linux Foundation membership level to Platinum from Gold, the non-profit consortium dedicated to the promotion, protection, and improvement of Linux announced over the weekend. As a Platinum member, HP will have to part with $500,000 annually — until now it was paying $100,000 as a Gold member — in return for the right to sit on the Foundation’s board of directors alongside Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, NEC, Oracle, Qualcomm Innovation Center, and Samsung.

“Linux is a strategic asset for all major technology companies. With our Linux Foundation Platinum membership, we will have a variety of ways to maximize our investment in Linux and collaborative development that advances our own business as well as greater industry innovation,” said Eileen Evans, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Cloud Computing and Open Source at HP, in a press release.

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