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    HP to launch Linux-based notebook

    This might interest Gore specifically but I know I'm interested in this. This would mean more mainstream and cheaper systems.

    Source: Canoe

    HP to launch Linux-based notebook By MATTHEW FORDAHL

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- In a sign the Linux 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 $1,140 (all figures US$) -- about $60 less than the basic model outfitted with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP 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.

    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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    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.
    All very good new's for us Linux and OpenSource fan's! Anyway's (like I've stated in other posts abroad) I've been trying to get a Laptop and a system with SuSe or Slackware installed. Look's like HP has killed two bird's with one stone for me Now all I gotta do is save the buck's. Thank's for the new's MsM.
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    WOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh this rocks!

    You know, the first computer I ever bought is my HP Pavilion, which I'm typing this from. This box has had probably 47 OSs installed on it, and it's always worked for me very well. I've always liked HP, and now they finally go and do something I believe will help raise up the bar.

    I'm quite sure someone remembers my post about how Linux could be a very hard competition for Microsoft if Manufacts started shopping Linux instead of Windows. That's the thing I think is the problem right there, hardly anyone knowing it even exists.

    Now hopefully people buy these things. Show companies that no one really wants Windows to come preinstalled on every damn machine bought.

    I don't. I own 2 copies of XP, and a 3rd of you count the CD I lost. That's 600 dollars in software, where the first two would have been enough for me. IBM is another company I actually like. They may be a huge corporation, but they are willing to help the little guys. Heh that and my hot friend's Dad was a coder for them in the 70's

    I also think HP is right. Drivers are almost always for Windows only, and you can't use the features of hardware sometimes on Linux because they are only for Windows.

    How many times have you seen hardware that came with drivers for Linux or Free BSD?

    I have no problem with Windows XP, or Windows 2000, but I'd also like my video cards to work just as well in Free BSD and Linux, which is hwy I choose Nvidia. I'll take a slower Video card before I take an ATI, because Nvidia is a company I respect, and I'd be willing to pay mor emoney for a slower Graphics card just because it's Nvidia. They have that driver that works for BSD and Linux, and also, I like them all around.

    The laptop I was planning on buying is 800 dollars, but I'll wait and get this one probably.

    Thanks for the article.

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    I would rather buy a laptop with linux on it than one with windows on it It's awesome that companies are actually starting to realise the way things are heading... and are branching out from their comfort zones (microsoft comfort zone)

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    Fyrewall:

    It's not a "Comfort Zone" when Microsoft tells them if they sell anything but Windows preinstalled they will yank the license that allows them to sell Windows at all.

    Microsoft has had more "Back handed" business tactics than a Pimp.

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    ok

    but surely with the standard user only knowing how to use microsoft.. its the MS products that are going to sell? and for them to sell their laptops with MS is a sure thing rather than linux which _in the past_ has not been a sure thing for the standard user.

    but hey its awesome that they are finally bringing out the lappies with linux ..

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