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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Splashtop again
by vivainio on Sun 20th Jun 2010 06:48 UTC
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2008-12-26

From TFA:


The other Linux distribution that HP just bought for its own use is BIOS vendor Phoenix Technologies' HyperSpace . HyperSpace is an instant-on, light-weight Linux distribtion, like Splashtop. These built-in to the chipset Linux distributions are now included by many OEMs on their notebooks. The idea is that by letting the user boot-up a fast, minimal Linux environment for e-mail and the Web, their laptops will be more attractive to buyers.


This is a very smart move. How do you differentiate on hardware which is essentially thoroughly commodized? Providing an instant-on Linux actually puts you ahead of the competition, and gives you an area where you can compete and differentiate (have better instant-on linux than the next guy, or have one in the first place). If you try to compete with pre-installed junkware on Windows, you just lose users.

Again, these are not targeted for home users - rather, these are for corporate laptops, with much clunkier Windows installations that what you have at home. Companies can easily pay premium if you provide something others don't.

If they can provide good support for Microsoft Exchange (it can be completely HP-proprietary), they can make a killing with this.

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RE: Splashtop again
by Moochman on Sun 20th Jun 2010 22:49 in reply to "Splashtop again"
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2005-07-06

How about an instant-on Linux, as the only OS on the machine? Now there's an idea I could see a market for.

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RE[2]: Splashtop again
by Lennie on Mon 21st Jun 2010 07:44 in reply to "RE: Splashtop again"
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2007-09-22

I'm sure they will, on small devices.

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