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What is the best OS alternative fon an HP K Class 9000

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Diego Smalinsky
Occasional Contributor

What is the best OS alternative fon an HP K Class 9000

Hi, we are recycling an old HP K class 9000 Server (819)
that today is running HP-UX 10.20 B.
The question is:
What is the best OS for this machine?
I looked at Openbsd, parisc-linux, hp-ux, what I'm not really sure about the best option (if it is Open source, better)
Another question: Do anyone now how to reorder the CD with the HP-UX from HP (My IT manager is looking for it everywhere, but we can't find the CD).

Diego Smalinsky.
Let's make your mind Open Source ;)
Kodjo Agbenu
Honored Contributor

Re: What is the best OS alternative fon an HP K Class 9000


On HP9000/PaRisc, the best choice is HP-UX 11.x. If I were you, on a K-class I would install Hp-ux 11i (32 or 64-bit version, depending on the amount of memory you have).

Of course, as a Linux user an OpenSource fan I can say Parisc-Linux is a good choice, but you'll have to support the solution for yourself. Don't expect any support, even from the OpenSource community. The reason is very simple : most people using OpenSource products are not rich enough to have a K-class in their kitchen, between the micro-wave and the coffee machine.

As far as I know, OpenBSD is not running on Parisc machines.

Last information : as HP-UX 10.20 support is going to be definitely stopped the 1st july 2003, the last CD orders must be made before the 1st of July 2002 (in 2 months).

Contact your HP Services sales representatives to get a media set of HP-UX 10.20 in the next 2 months.

Good luck.

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Martin Burnett_2
Trusted Contributor

Re: What is the best OS alternative fon an HP K Class 9000

Hello Diego,

I would not recommend palinux on a K-Class, better to use HP-UX 11.11 (11i) or 11.0.

To order a software CD contact the contracts division at 1-800-386-1115.


Order it through the ITRC web site:

Hewlett Packard's Software Update Manager (SUM) puts you in control of software updates that are delivered via physical media and/or available for electronic download.

1. Go to
2. Under Maintenance and Support
3. Select Software Update Manager (SUM)
4. Select Order Software Updates
5. Select your Operating system

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