|Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] HP Microlaptop GNU/Linux construction
|Hewlett Packard on Wednesday rolled out a netbook lineup designed to
play catch up with Dell, Asus and others. But the real interesting play
here is HPâ€™s move to develop a custom Linux operating system for one of
First the news (statement, specs, Techmeme): HP is rolling out three
netbooks powered by Intelâ€™s Atom processor. Given that netbooks are
accounting for most of the growth in PC units HP would be foolish not to
dive in. Frankly itâ€™s a bit surprising HP has waited this long to dive
into netbooks. As for the models, HP is launching:
* The HP Mini 1000: A black netbook powered by Windows XP Home with
* solid-state or traditional hard drive options. Screens are 8.9
* inches to 10.2 inhpmini.pngches. This one is available in December
* and will start at $399.
* The HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition (right): Basically a Mini
* 1000 with a red peony-flower design from Tam, who is a fashion
* designer HP says. (I wouldnâ€™t know Tam if she fell on my head to
* be honest.) This netbook, which will be available in mid-December
* and start at $699, is for â€œInternet centric fashionistas.â€ Iâ€™m not
* in that fashionista club but it sounds interesting.
* And the HP Mini 1000 with MIE (mobile Internet experience): This
* one comes with an HP interface thatâ€™s built on Linux and is
* designed for digital contentâ€“videos, music and video. It also
* comes with Skype, instant messaging and a dashboard to get to
* email and browsing. The MIE will start at $379 with availability
* in January.
That latter one is the most interesting for a few reasons. Among them:
* HP has been increasingly dabbling in operating system refinement
* and the user experience.
* By customizing Linux it HP is illustrating that the open source OS
* is still too complicated for the average bear on the desktop.
* However, if HPâ€“and othersâ€“start improving the user experience of
* desktop Linux it could be an emerging threat to Windows.
When you look at the netbook marketâ€“and its growthâ€“you realize that
these mobile Internet devices are really a Trojan horse for desktop
Linux. Weâ€™ll see how the Mini 1000 MIE sells, but Iâ€™m very interested in
HPâ€™s interface and how it compares to other operating systems.
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