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 cerbie on Sun 20th Jun 2010 03:42 UTC
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I doubt it. Both of those distros are aimed at certain types of uses. I could see them distributing Linux OSes with practically every product running x86 or ARM CPUs, though. Why not have a low-functionality, low-memory, ready-as-soon-as-it-POSTs OS? Flash space is cheap until you get into double-digit GBs, after all.

Then, expand that for thin clients, a small niche HP has been active in for many years. Tada--good use from owning the rights, without trying to compete against other OSes. Or, even have it running in business printers and such, instead of more finely customized and costly firmware.

While they will have to take care in managing their continued development and use of these things, I can see good options that could be wins for HP on all fronts, and at worst, not a loss to the buyers and/or end users.

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