Linked by David Adams on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:23 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Linux Hardware companies don't tend to have their own Linux distributions. IBM uses Linux everywhere, but they don't have their own Linux. Dell will be happy to sell you notebooks and netbooks with Ubuntu or a workstation or server with RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). But, no major OEM (original equipment manufacturer) has had a house-brand Linux... until now. HP has recently bought not one, but two Linux distributions. Surely HP is not getting into the Linux distribution business? Are they?
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by Elv13 on Sun 20th Jun 2010 04:06 UTC
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My guess is that they will probably merge WebOS into HyperSpace to have it instant on while Windows boot. Then try to convince users to keep using it for their facebook session and browsing, even if Windows is ready.

Getting user => getting developers => getting apps in the WebOS app store => Getting a lot of money => user using less windows => Windows come as an option => giving no money at all to Microsoft

Most IT giant look at Apple and Oracle and (right now), want to be like them. Bottom to top integrated product line where every layer make profit, pushing the next layer to make more money.

Apple and Oracle+Sun look like:
Pieces : Hardware : Design : Store : Operating system : user interface : core application : popular applications : taxed third party applications : (apple) ad on top of 3td party apps : peripherals : ecosystem to improve experience.

Acer, Dell and HP need to acquire some more technologies or invest more into them (Linpus anyone?) to be a true Apple competitor. HP is doing exactly that.

Edited 2010-06-20 04:07 UTC

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