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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-03-2004, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not an HP fan, but at least they are getting smart

HP to Make Linux Pre-Installed on Notebook

By MATTHEW FORDAHL, AP Technology Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. - In a sign the Linux (news - web sites) operating system may be gaining traction beyond servers and other back-room systems, Hewlett-Packard Co. said Tuesday it will be the first major PC maker to ship a business notebook computer pre-installed with the open-source software.

The HP Compaq nx5000 will feature Novell Inc.'s SuSE Linux and support a CD burner, a DVD and media player, wireless connectivity and the OpenOffice software suite. It will start at an estimated street price of about $1,140 ó about $60 less than the basic model outfitted with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP (news - web sites) Professional operating system.


Though Linux is a viable alternative to Windows in servers and workstations, its adoption on desktop and notebook PCs has been slowed by a dearth of popular programs and software drivers that control peripherals.


In the nx5000, HP has brought together the drivers required for the notebook to manage power, control printers and other devices, said Martin Fink, HP's vice president for Linux.


"All of those parts of this notebook have been turned on, work completely and are fully supported," he said.


But HP is not alone. Rival Sun Microsystems Inc. sells a Linux-based software called the Java Desktop System, and computer manufacturer Tadpole Computer Inc. offers notebooks with it.


Unlike Windows and other proprietary software, the programs that make up Linux are developed by a community of paid and unpaid developers. No single company controls the code, and anyone can improve upon it as long as changes are also shared with others.


Linux has a reputation for performance, reliability and low cost, though Microsoft and others have questioned whether it's in fact faster, cheaper and more secure in the long run than proprietary operating systems.


The HP notebook is available in North America through HP's online store and to international customers on request. Fink said the launch is a test "so that we can see the take up we get for this particular product."


Shares of HP closed at $20.25, down 12 cents, in Tuesday trading on the New York Stock Exchange (news - web sites).


The open-source movement got a separate boost Tuesday when IBM Corp. announced that it would contribute $85 million worth of programming code used in a database program. By releasing the code to the Apache Software Foundation, IBM hopes to kick-start the development of open-source applications that work with the database, known as Cloudscape.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-03-2004, 06:04 PM
 
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I was just reading that.. pimp shit, It would also be cool if they offered some other OS's besides SuSE, but either way that is very cool indeed.
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At least it's a start, I don't much care for Suse, but oh well.

We did get a Lindows box at work to mess around with.
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At least it's a start, I don't much care for Suse, but oh well.

We did get a Lindows box at work to mess around with.

The cool thing about suse is they will add propritary software to their distro.. i.e. nvidia drivers.. ati drivers... etc. I like the stuff you get with SuSE but... its way too bloated for a default install... I have a 1ghz machine with 1gb of ram.. and it lags like no other w/ SuSE... any other distro seems to run just fine though
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