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HP wins ruling in court battle with Oracle
HP wins ruling in court battle with Oracle over server software; Oracle vows to appeal
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Computer maker Hewlett-Packard says it has won a big victory in its court battle to force Oracle to continue making software for one of its server lines.

A California state court on Wednesday proposed an order that would force Oracle to support HP's servers.

Oracle Corp., the maker of database and other corporate software, says it will appeal the decision.

Last summer, Oracle said it would stop developing new versions of its software for servers running Intel Corp.'s Itanium processors, because it believes the chips would soon go out of production.

Hewlett-Packard Co., which makes server computers based on Itanium, disagreed about its future and sued Oracle, saying it had a contractual obligation to support Itanium.

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