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HP Wins Court Battle With Oracle Over Server Software Support

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A sign at Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto. (John G. Mabanglo/AFP/Getty Images)

A sign at Hewlett-Packard headquarters in Palo Alto. (John G. Mabanglo/AFP/Getty Images)

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PALO ALTO (CBS/AP) — Computer maker Hewlett-Packard said 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, said 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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