Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Feb 2009 21:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Netbooks have been heralded as the foot in the door for Linux. With the launch of the earliest Eee PC models, Asus made a bold move by only offering them with Linux pre-installed; Microsoft soon responded by working with Asus to bring Windows XP to the next generation Eee PCs. Since then, Windows XP gained market share in the netbook segment rapidly, casting doubts over whether or not netbooks would really turn out to be that foot in the door. HP has today announced that its new HP Mini 1000 netbook will not be available with Linux pre-installed in Europe.
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Inadequate support for linux on HP Mini
by Oszomby on Fri 6th Feb 2009 01:36 UTC
Oszomby
Member since:
2008-07-04

My experience with SLED 10 preinstalled on hp2133 was not a good one. I bought it two months ago. The very first thing I've noticed was that setup dialog boxes were higher than the actual screen, so the 'Cancel' and 'OK' buttons were not visible. And it wouldn't slide up, so I had to hit the 'tab' key appropriate number of times and then hit 'enter' to move on. The second thing is that it had failed to set up my DSL, as something called 'linux-alt-... whatever' was missing and had to be downloaded. Well, I thought, it's a little annoying, but I can go to the nearest WiFi place and set it up there. But no, the only 'repository' Yast (the everything manager in Suse) was set to look at was the computer's HD. Third thing, it could read, but wouldn't write to and external storage. It's NTFS disk, but didn't Novel promise better interoperability with MS products?
And finally, if you install another linux distro, and want to download video drivers for it, you are out of luck. You can easily download drivers for XP and Vista. But for linux, hp offers some 1.8 gig iso images. Don't take my word for it: <A HREF="http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp...
See for your self

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Agreed. I have the mininote 2133 as well. I installed Mandriva because SLED 10 sucks a lot. The default install is using very big fonts and the repos contain nothing at all. There is not a single game, only boring outdated business apps. I can't do nothing with that. I installed Mandriva 2009 which is way better. Unfortunatelly, the proprietary video driver is only available for SLED and for Ubuntu and the wifi cars also use proprietary driver. I use the open source one, but it disconnects regularly and I have no 3D acceleration with the openchrome driver. If they sell a laptop with linux, why the f--k didn't they use compatible hardware? And why did they choose outdated SLED 10? I believe they only thought about businesses and not about normal people buying their crappy system.

Tip on the mininote: install Mandriva 2009 with xfce with vertical panels. Perfect use of the screen.

Edited 2009-02-06 10:26 UTC

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