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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RE: Knowing HP..
by vivainio on Sun 20th Jun 2010 08:21 UTC in reply to "Knowing HP.."
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If HP really does go out and roll a distro of their own, or even the afore-mentioned Splashtop-type one, expect the system to be full of trialware and enormous 500 megabyte apps even for just the tiniest and smallest of things.

The only way to provide added value on windows is to bloat it, because you don't own the base system (and therefore can't slim it down).

Since HP owns the HyperSpace layer, they can innovate by making it slicker. It already seems pretty cool - Windows will start up in the background, wlan will be brought on and can be reused by windows session (iiuc), etc. If I was to use Windows on my main machine, I'd definitely want it to have functionality like this. It'd be easily worth ~100EUR extra (company money, not my own ;-).

I think this will be a big battery saver as well. Booting up a full Windows system takes tons of battery, because you have to initialize quite a bit of stuff. Not worth it if you only need to check something on the net quickly.

HP are not idiots, they are not going to screw this up.

Edited 2010-06-20 08:24 UTC

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