Hewlett-Packard Brings Linux To Select Desktops
The world's largest PC manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard, has reportedly announced it will start selling Linux-based PCs aimed at the consumer market. For the time being it appears the HP Linux models will only be available in Australia, with prices starting at $AU600 (just under $500 USD).
The new machines will use AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors and come equipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop, which features OpenOffice, Firefox and Evolution (e-mail) pre-installed.
Max McLaren, General Manager at Red Hat in Australia, tells APC Mag, who broke the news, that “with the cost of proprietary systems continuing to rise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop minimizes acquisition and ongoing deployment costs, leaving more money and resources for other high-value projects and tasks.” Which is corporate-speak for “Linux is cheaper than Vista.”