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Yesterday we followed news tradition by pointing to the top stories for the 3000 community over the last year. Today we're adding to that list with a enough more topics to give you a baker's dozen, stories you will want to track and add to your research if you're concerned with anything related to the greatest business server: homesteading, migration away, or just the archival and inventory of enterprise computing assets.

Community needs upgrades to open source essentials: Open source software broke open the door of opportunity for the HP 3000 in the 1990s. The server gained file sharing (Samba) Web services (Apache) Internet abilities (DNS) and more, all though ports of open source solutions to MPE/iX. Some of that flurry of work hasn't been altered or updated much since then. A new public resource for free open source software packages went online this fall at MPE-OpenSource.org. It's a signal that the 3000 community's tech resources are still available, through the right portals. The needs for security software can be met with these kinds of solutions, too.

DSC_0804Reunion gives 3000 vets a loving linkup: Hosted in the apt setting of the Computer History Museum, the first HP3000 Reunion collected customers and veterans and friends of the 3000 from three continents during a weekend that included training, new product introduction and a community of old friends toasting their past and future. The three-day event was well-supported by a vendor and user group community that seems intent on repeating the Reunion.

Database alternatives advance beyond Oracle: With the world's largest database vendor declaring the HP enterprise hardware dead on its feet, Hewlett-Packard started telling its customers about Oracle alternatives like Mimer and EnterpriseDB. Meanwhile, the Eloquence database kept expanding its feature set while it continued to support both Itanium and x86 servers, ramping up to Linux popularity.

Robelle moves Suprtool into Window, Linux environments: When a bedrock IT management solution like Suprtool makes the jump from HP's Itanium and PA-RISC chips to the x86 support of Linux and Windows, it's a clear sign that enterprise solutions have started to embrace The Penguin for business needs.

Customers holding on to their HP 3000 system IDs: Rene Woc of Adager confirmed that among the many HP 3000 sites his company continues to serve, there's been no problem with customers maintaining control of their HPSUSAN ID numbers. The identifiers remain a crucial element of upgrades and replacements of 3000s and CPU boards. But HP is not always a crucial element of the ID management -- which shows us that the community is taking full ownership of the systems it has purchased and continues to homestead

A Family Member Leaving the Lights on Longer: The Support Group's David Floyd is the youngest member of the top management of 3000 vendors club. Not yet 35, he represents a company that's likely to be one of the last to turn out 3000 lights, even while it works to embrace cloud computing alternatives and enterprise-grade open source apps.

Community counts into second decade of post-HP era: It's not exactly news when a state of success continues to exist, but we marked the end of the first 10 years beyond HP's 2001 exit announcement in a two series of articles, printed in both our blog, as well as in our separate printed issue. The HP move changed the community and its members for both good and ill, pushing developments while it edged veterans out of their jobs and comfort zones. The survivors shared great stories of their post-HP lives.