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HP: Linux Certified?
Posted by: Hooz on: 03/09/2007 01:57 AM [ Print | 1 comment(s) ]
In the wake of Dell's announcment to Novell certify part of their desktop, laptop and workstation lines, HP appears to have hopped aboard the Linux bandwagon as well.
The one thing that OEMs offering Linux machines have been lacking to this point has been support. Support infrastructure is one thing Dell and HP both have, and have in spades. With the two big players taking a long, hard look at pre-loaded Linux, it can only mean good things for consumers.
|Hewlett-Packard is closing custom deals for thousands of desktop PCs running Linux, which has the company assessing the possibility of offering factory-loaded Linux systems, an HP executive said. |
"We are involved in a number of massive deals for Linux desktops, and those are the kinds of things that are indicators of critical mass. So we are really looking at it very hard," said Doug Small, worldwide director of open source and Linux marketing at HP. "We are in a massive deal right now for ... multi-thousands of units of a desktop opportunity for Linux. That's an indicator." He declined to give details about the Linux deals.
#39527 Posted on: 03/11/2007 02:11 PM
Remember back in the day when you could get a Dell desktop PC without an OS? Then they stopped that and started offering Linux at no charge? Then they stopped offering Linux on desktops...
The rumor mill chalked all those events up to pressure from Microsoft...
From what I read about this "new" Dell and Linux go around is you have to pay a $99 upgrade cost to get Linux on your desktop.