Thursday, August 30, 2007

HP Enters Consumer Linux Market!

HP has finally decided to test the waters. It has released a consumer desktop in Australia. I wonder if this is how the big vendors are going to do it. Considering that none of them have launched worldwide Linux lines, but are instead testing the waters in different countries.

Dell started by launching consumer lines in the US and have only recently begun to offer limited models in certain EU countries. It will take them some time to ramp up their product lines worldwide. Acer has started by offering Linux lines in parts of Asia and Eastern EU. Now, HP is entering the consumer Linux market in OZ.

HP has always been an ardent Linux supporter by providing Linux servers as well as personally funding and supporting many Linux projects. Like IBM, they put their money where their mouth is. But by openly supporting it in the consumer market is quite a different move. It could be an indication of things to come.

I guess that with the extremely bad press that Vista has been getting ever since it came out, people are finally thinking of upgrading their XP machines to Linux. So, please make your next machine a Linux one! For noobs, you may want to wait a few months before the new Ubuntu 7.10 comes out. There are a lot of exciting changes being made that will make everyone's life much easier.

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