Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 21st Aug 2009 08:49 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems, home of cheap netbooks, sent us in the HP 1120NR netbook, running a modified version of Ubuntu Linux. Check inside to read our experience with it.
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RE[4]: Crippled...
by jibadeeha on Fri 21st Aug 2009 13:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Crippled..."
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The reason why some make the statement of HP crippling their products is the disbelief that such a large organisation could lack harnessing of talent and direction so badly as to produce a product that is so horrible. How can an organisation such as HP produce such a horrible product given that at their disposal a large army of programmers, mountains of source code from various projects to select from and customise, and the ability to select components for not only their price but on the level of support already available in the kernel.

HP had all the components; they had a lego set in which they could build almost anything they want but they did the absolute minimum and we see the result as show in the review. A company who have failed to realise that when you go with Linux, all the decisions are placed on your shoulder. You decide the hardware, you write the drivers or improve existing drivers, you make the distribution and customise it to fulfill tasks for the target audience of the device. HP is still stuck in the mentality of "lets just image the computer and shunt it out the door" - sorry, that might work in the Windows world but this isn't Windows, its Linux.

But you have to remember that all of what you mention above takes time and costs money, and HP are not in the business of building desktop operating systems to compete in the market. They just want a cheap OS on their netbook that provides the usual every day apps (firefox, openoffice, etc) - they don't care if it isn't as good as XP or OS X, as long as it sells.

HP could have all the resource and money in the world, but it doesn't mean to say they will be good at building a desktop operating system. How many large companies have all the man power and stack loads of cash, but produce shoddy products? Plenty!

If HP were to invest a lot of time, resource, and money into customising a version of Linux for the netbook, then they may as well spend that money and resource on integrating Windows XP on to their netbook product - the work is virtually done.

Somebody in HP will have calculated that it is cheaper to get a small team together to tweak Linux and put that on the netbook, than it would be to pay Microsoft to put XP on it.

Now, if I were into consipiracy theories then I would say that HP would prefer you to buy an expensive laptop instead of a netbook so they get more per unit.

They can't ignore the netbook market, but they can put a crippled version of Linux on the netbook to detract you from purchasing the netbook and instead buying an expensive laptop with Windows Vista on it. Thus using netbooks to persuade you into buying a laptop.

Edited 2009-08-21 13:43 UTC

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RE[5]: Crippled...
by StephenBeDoper on Mon 24th Aug 2009 00:45 in reply to "RE[4]: Crippled..."
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Now, if I were into consipiracy theories then I would say that HP would prefer you to buy an expensive laptop instead of a netbook so they get more per unit.

Oh of course they would prefer that - doesn't require conspiracy theories, that's just common sense. That's almost certainly why the EeePC came from Asus, and not one of the established laptop makers (HP, Dell, Acer, Apple, etc) - in other words, the companies who had a vested interest in making sure that big, heavy laptops (with their nice fat profit margins) remained the norm.

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