Linux Weekly News posts a message from Bruce Perens: HP has announced that Debian is their "design center". In other words,
Debian is the selected development platform for Linux work at HP. The
target of HP's development is all LSB-compliant distributions, including
Debian, Red Hat, Turbo, etc. But because of its status as the development
platform, Debian works out to be "first among equals.""
May 10, 2001