Hewlett-Packard has announced a new programme aimed at luring users of Sun's Solaris operating system over to Hewlett-Packard machines running Linux. The bait? US$25,000 in porting and migration services.

"We're seeing a lot of customers migrating from Sparc Solaris to ProLiant running Linux," said Brad Anderson, HP's vice president of industry standard servers. "This is just one more incentive for customers to do that."

Under the new programme, Sun's customers in the Americas will be able to obtain a free assessment of how to port as many as three Solaris applications. HP will also port one application from Solaris to Linux at no charge, and offer customers free use of a ProLiant server for 30 days, as well as an assessment of how to improve their storage systems.

Sun launched a similar programme targeting HP's Alpha microprocessor users last July. Its "HP Away" programme offered HP customers incentives to port from Alpha's Tru64 Unix operating system to Solaris.

HP's programme is available immediately, and will be offered up to 31 December, HP said.