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Another PC vendor selling Linux

That’s right! This time it is Hewlett Packard. Wired has a nice blog post about the new deal. HP will sell some pretty nice machines with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 operating system. This current deal is for Australia only at this time, but I am sure it will eventually take off in other countries as well. I have always been an HP/Compaq fan for many years. Yes, working a contract job for them a few years ago probably helped in my liking of them, but I am currently using a Compaq laptop that “just works” with pretty much every Linux distribution I have thrown at it. It is rock solid, very stable, and actually very pleasing to the eye. This is awesome to see yet another major hardware vendor selling Linux, another milestone in the future of Linux.

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  • erik

    HP has been selling many models with Linux for a few years already. They just have not been listed publicly, you have had to know about them and call their sales reps and ask for them.

  • That is true, however the Linux systems they sold were for companies only, and never came close to the specifications that they are currently pushing. They definitely haven’t sold a solution as low as this either. Same goes for Dell and IBM, they always had some sort of Linux system available, but only for commercial customers.

  • Al

    I’ve recently got a Compaq v6000, which I run Kubuntu on, but it suffers from the bug that requires “noapic irqpoll” in the boot line, which kills off a lot of usefull functions, like suspend etc. This bug has been around for a long time as far as I’m aware, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been fixed yet.. Does your laptop not suffer from this?

  • I have no problems whatsoever. The only thing I have to do is run wifi with ndiswrapper, and I haven’t experienced the difficulties with it that others have either.

  • neither Dell Inspiron 640m nor Acer TM 611 and 803 have no problems with Ubuntu at all – hibernation, suspend wlan, all works fine

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