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HP has decided UK consumers don't want Linux-based netbooks. Actually, it appears to believe business buyers don't want the open-source OS either. It emerged today that the company will not now be bringing its Mini 1000 netbook to the UK - at least not with Linux on board. Nor will it release the more business-oriented Mini …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Dirty deals done dirt cheap

    "Quit with the non-MS netbooks or you risk losing your $M/year 'goodwill' from Microsoft"

    It's a shame IBM don't do PCs any more, maybe one of the reasons is they got fed up with MS trying to play bully boy, either way it's a shame the MS monopoly means none of the volume PC builders are financially able to tell MS where to stick their goodwill.

  2. Mickey Porkpies

    HP drops Linux

    And we dropped HP!!

  3. Noel Bourke

    What the hell?

    There go my plans of ordering one.

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  5. David Hicks

    So linux will find its way on like it usually does

    By us users putting it on the system after the purchase, and giving microsoft their license money anyway.

    It's sad that that's the way of the world right now, but if Linux isn't much of a money spinner in the netbook market then I guess this will continue to happen.

    Us penguins will just have to take solace in the fact that large corporations and government departments are increasingly investigating, investing in and switching to FOSS.

  6. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

    Just the UK or Europe too?

    I was looking foreward to HP's rumoured Via Nano laptop, but if it comes with Microsoft tax I will look elsewhere.

  7. Anonymous Coward


    And there i was thinking these were quite nice machines.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Considering the 2133, lack of Linux is a good thing.

    Given that everything I've seen regarding the Linux installation on the 2133 suggests it was a piss poor half arsed abomination that left built in stuff like the webcam non-functional and the wireless required ndiswrapper, then HP no longer offering Linux on their netbooks seems like a good thing. There are comments on retail site from people who've bought it and got their first impression of Linux from it saying how rubbish Linux is as a result. Better that the not offer Linux at all than further damaging it's image via their incompetence.

  9. Ken Hagan Gold badge

    Re: So linux will find its way on like it usually does

    "By us users putting it on the system after the purchase, and giving microsoft their license money anyway."

    Is it still true (was it ever) that one can return the Windows licence (to HP or Microsoft) and get the money back? Has anyone ever done this? It would be interesting to try it, simply to discover how much money was involved. One suspects that companies like HP aren't paying very much for their licences.

  10. Chika

    (_o_) bandits...

    And there was I, a seasoned SuSE user, thinking about getting one. Ah well...

    Plenty of other competition out there and, happily, I'm not too fussy about which Linux I use.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I understand why they are doing this

    This is not because of pressure from M$ but because of customer pressure.

    Have a read through the comments on Ebuyer from all the people who purchased an HP 2133 with Linux and see how many of them wiped it and installed Windows (

    And before you start jumping up and down in your favourite nix T-shirt getting angry. 90% of the comments are from people who find the Linux distro installed to be a poor choice and not flexible enough for their needs. Some of them are even Linux users.

    So, maybe HP should install a better flavour rather than ditching it completely.

  12. The Fuzzy Wotnot
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    No crap tax! Can't pay! Won't pay! No crap tax!

    So if I want one and want to install my own O/S I now have to pay the M$ tax to buy the machine? Can I simply buy the machine with any O/S installed or is that too much for HP to comprehend?

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The trend continues

    So much for 2009 being the year of Linux then! The public obviously do not want/understand this arcane OS, so there is no/poor demand for it, so OEMs stop using it.

    I guess Linux distros will remain consigned to niche server spaces (and set-top boxes etc) where the average PC user doesn't need to go near it.

    Which is bit of a shame as a few of the Linux distros have the odd interesting feature, but obviously not enough for the public to demand it.

    Or will the MS conispracy tin-foil hat brigade murmur that MS have *forced* this change?

  14. The Badger

    Re: I understand why they are doing this

    "Have a read through the comments on Ebuyer from all the people who purchased an HP 2133 with Linux and see how many of them wiped it and installed Windows"

    Judging by the Inquirer article on this topic, many of them probably uninstalled an unlicensed, "warez edition" version of Windows.

    "90% of the comments are from people who find the Linux distro installed to be a poor choice and not flexible enough for their needs. Some of them are even Linux users. So, maybe HP should install a better flavour rather than ditching it completely."

    Agreed. I don't understand why the vendors are pushing obscure variants or arguably discredited distributions like Xandros (who paid their Microsoft protection money). There's substantial interest in installing Ubuntu on all this hardware, indicating that this is actually want the customer wants.

    Perhaps HP can learn a lesson from Dell on this matter.

  15. Mage Silver badge

    MS Taxe$

    Dell users have successfully claimed back Windows cost.

    However the Windows may be subsidized by shovelware/Trailware. Linux then to compete needs similar rubbish pay SW trails you need to remove :( to compete :)

  16. Kwac

    @ lack of Linux is a good thing.

    "Considering the 2133, lack of Linux is a good thing."

    *ALL* forum that report Windows users' experience of notebooks/netbooks/whatever bought with Linux have plenty of reports saying Linux is crap.

    Purely because they look on Linux as a replacement for Windows and don't recognise that it is a different O/S .

    "I can't even install Norton on it".

  17. Robert E A Harvey

    unfair pricing

    I bought neither an HP nor a Dell Linux laptop, much as I wanted to. By the time you specc'd them to the same ram and hard disk as the Winjows version they cost 30% more.

    No matter how determined I am not to give any more money to the empire of evil, I don't see why I should be ripped off for it. Instead I bought a second hand one from a backstreet shop and put ubuntu on it. OK, the camera doesn't work, but who cares? I have no use for it anyway.

  18. Bruno Girin


    "HP has decided UK consumers don't want Linux-based netbooks"

    Then as a UK customer, I have decided that I don't want an HP netbook.

    On the other hand, if the install of Linux on those machines was piss-poor as commented above, I can understand. It's the same with the version of Xandros installed on the Eee: functional but very limited out of the box by the Asus software repositories. This is also why I am interested to see what Canonical will be able to do with their NBR Ubuntu as they're saying that they are talking to manufacturers. If they really engage with manufacturers with user experience in mind, as they've been doing with desktop Ubuntu over the past few years, we could see some interesting things coming to market.

    Mine's the one with Ubuntu on a Stick in the pocket.

  19. Anonymous Coward

    Sorry HP this does not make sense

    Clearly they have the wrong distro, they're going to lose out on this one. More market share to a forward thinking company. I don't believe people want to pay out another 25% on top of the hardware cost just for the OS and I think the market is reflecting that.

  20. James Pickett


    Nice looking machine. Shame I won't be buying one...

  21. Wortel
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    Ah, good.

    Saves me the trouble of comparing their kit then, no reason to buy now.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Linux doesn't cut the mustard

    Linux will never take off. You fanboys just have to accept that.

    No matter how good it is or how willing you are to learn how to do Linuxy stuff, normal people just want to point and click with the same ease of use as a washing machine.

    Normal people are so stupid that they fill in contact forms on websites asking how to contact the website - I'm not joking, I actually see them. Phone numbers and land addresses are also printed on the contact form page, so it isn't just that they want to acquire a phone number or address instead of emailing.

    Vista may have been a dropped bollock for MS, but all that's done is drive some people to Macs. Vista will pass and W7 will gain good publicity because it'll be compared to Vista and not XP, and people will resume buying Windows again and be happy as a pig in shite. Macs will lose market share and everyone will blame it on Apple themselves, saying that they're too busy larking about with iPods and have let their computer efforts slip. The truth will simply be that those people alienated by Vista will be returning to the fold.

    The only threat to Windows isn't another operating system, it's all that cloud shite. When all you need to do computery stuff is "a computer" then people will forget about Windows and just buy a computer that looks cool, as long as it loads gMail & gOffice and lets them Twitter properly they'll show as much interest in their computer's OS as they do to their washing machine's OS or what kind of drive link or counter-balance system it uses.

    It was the same with cars. Once, you used to need to know how to set the timing and change the spark plugs. These days loads of people don't even know where the oil and water goes, and some wives don't even know where to put the petrol, or if their car's petrol or diesel because their husband usually fills it up despite driving it half of the time. That is the future of computers, and you fanboys ain't going to like it, no more that greasers back in the 80s liked the new generation of motorists coming along who didn't even stop to consider back or front wheel drive before choosing a car.

    The way people are so blindly using Google Chrome and saying "so what?" to warnings that it keeps tabs on you or came with a ToC that said Google owned everything you did online is an omen.

  23. Anonymous Coward

    Probably not HP saying goodbye to Linux

    HP does support and sponsor OSS quite a lot and also I believe to have heard that a lot of Debian internal/dev/build machines are run or sponsored by HP. I don't think the message is "They gave up on Linux" maybe they just realized that the endusers (net|note)book is not the best target for Linux and that it does more bad than good to Linux in general when you equip endusers with poorly adapted distros that only support half of the hardware that is built into a notebook nowadays out of the box.

    But OTOH nobody is saying that HP will stop selling blades, big iron and whatever for and with Linux, so maybe they just feel the effort not worth the gain when supporting end users with Linux on their netbooks (which I would find understandable at a certain point).

  24. Dazed and Confused

    M$ tax

    OK, so I replaced the copy of Suse on my hp2133 with Ubuntu, but I love my 2133. I was about to order another for the Mrs so she doesn't have to keep pinching mine. Where ever I go people are really interested in it. Sitting here in a coffee bar the waiter was over a few minutes ago enquiring about it, second waiter this week. It looks far better than any of the other netbboks I've seen. It has enough resources to run Liinux happily, not needing to cripple it with loads of layer of anti virus and firewall stuff means that for lots of stuff it's faster than my WIndows desktop (3GHz CPU and 2GB of RAM).

    I agree that HP messed up by choosing SUSE not Ubuntu.

    I object to paying for an M$ license I won't use. I don't think this box would be good with Windows on, then it wounld be too slow.

    Hopefully there will be some good deals on the outgoing 2133s.

    I think they've screwed up on this one.

    I bet this one is down to pressure from M$

  25. spegru

    Not surprised - SLED10 is cr*p - but.................

    I bought one of these because of: VERY nice Keyboard, Bluetooth and 120G harddrive.

    However the Novel SuSE SLED10 OS is awful and makes a mockery of the progress made by Linux in the last few years. All that dependency and command line stuff you read about? - it's all true with SLED10 on the 2133 - and yet PCworld have the cheek to label it 'easy to use' - you cant even blinking well log in to have a look at the ones in their shops!!!!!!!!

    Aaaanyway I didn't even consider XP, let alone Vista. I went straight to Ubuntu 8.10.

    Brilliant! everything works - mobile 3g dongles, office , networking - even a bluetooth link to my mobile

    So. HP screwed this nice device up royally with linux and are now using that to justify dropping it.

    It's a great pity. XP seems to be the default for netbooks now and M$FT seems to have out manouvred Linux. Perhaps it will get another chance when XP finally bites the dust and Windows 7 is too expensive.

  26. Anonymous Coward
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    Eat shit and die!

    W@nkers! we all know HP sold their soul to the Devil years ago anyway!

    They had the chance to make the best Enterprise version of UNIX ever by bringing together HP-UX with Tru64 and VMS when they took over Compaq.

    What did they do instead? They mothballed the lot, (ignore whatever Matty boy will counter claim) abandoning their Legacy customers, while at the same time bending over nicely for Bill and Steve.

    Well fuk em, last time I buy anything HP along with the Microshit now.

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Is it really acceptable to call people 'arsebandits' just because you don't agree with their way of doing business? Would you suggest that they are part of any other minority with an insult? Maybe you'd like to try racism and sexism to add to your homophobia. It's not the 1970s any more, you should probably grow up.

  28. Nic
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    I love the fanboys

    Wow from reading these comments. That's almost 10 sales HP will have lost!

    El Reg is hardly the best representation of netbook users. I personally use Vista for my development PC and Linux for my servers. I know there are plenty of good Linux OS's out there but I really don't care.

    MS aren't evil, they are successful. I know that might be an alien concept you some of the commenter's here but thems the breaks.

    Guess what, HP are pretty successful too. They got that way by making smart business led decisions. Not catering to a bunch of freetard whiners who seriously don't sound like they get anything done other than tweaking their Linux Distros and commenting on El Reg. In this case their decision was likely based on what sells.

    (Insert your fav linux distro here) may be more powerful and cheaper but if it doesn't shift Netbooks in any numbers, no company in their right mind are going to go to the effort of stocking it just for the odd techie who might buy it.

  29. Mike Crawshaw

    Done Their Market Research

    Netbooks are targetted at low-tech users more than any other party. Most of these users, who only want to pay £200 for a netbook for email and porn, sorry, basic surfing, are not particularly tech-savvy. HP saw what happened when CPW etc were selling Linux-based netbooks, where the returns increased massively, and support costs went through the roof, because nobody understood what was happening. In most minds on the street, if it ain't Windows, they don't get it. Even more so for the less technical types who struggle to rip a CD.

    They're not going to be concerned with losing a few dozen sales from techies who want Linux, when they know they're not going to have high support overheads from people looking for the Start button, followed by returns of the equipment.

    It would be nice if they had the option of Linux / Windows XP / Vista, and pre-installed / costed based on your choice, and that way we could order what we wanted - but that would, most likely lead to everyone choosing the Linux option (because it's the cheapest) and ending up back at the start as soon as it gets switched on and there's no Clippy to "assist" them.

  30. Doug Glass

    @@So linux will find its way on like it usually does

    So do the pimples on my 63 year old ass. Just because something keeps popping up doesn't make it a success. It has to pop up, grow, spread, take over and become the primary whatever it is. Otherwise, well, it's just a pain in the ass.


    Just about the most awful thing imaginable.

    I cannot believe that any sentient being would choose Windows over Linux - if they had a choice.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Not surprised

    Their Via based netbooks were crap and over priced. Most sensible people (i.e. all the Linux users) steered clear of them. It is a shame that they finally seem to have got their hardware sorted out and they decided to drop Linux. Fair point about the Linux netbooks being no good for Windows users - I wonder how many people buy Mac Book Pro's and then end up using Windows on it the whole time (possibly about the same ratio?).

  33. Gazzak

    Are you really surprised

    I'm an IT consultalt and I really want to like Linux but it's a constant let down.

    Every 12 months or so I fire up a distribution to see how it's come on and it certainly has over the last 5 years or so but it's still so far away from being mainstream.

    Only yesterday I loaded Ubuntu on my PC and there's no driver for my printer, there's no napster client or tunebite equivalent, I've loaded Lord of The Rings on-line under Wine and it runs OK but not as good as under windows, my bluetooth adapter doesn't work, I've got no sync software for my phone or my road angel, etc, etc. I haven't even tried to see if my games console can interact with it.

    So after a few hours of fiddling and searching, which I don't have to do under windows, it'll probably be getting wiped again soon.

    IMHO for the desktop environment the MS tax is money well spent. Linux just doesn't cut it for the average home PC user.

  34. Anonymous Coward

    And Linux users drop HP

    if only they'd had Mandriva on it

  35. Cavehomme
    IT Angle


    People are basically lazy and what the easiest option, the one of least resistance....unless there is big money to be made from something, then they make an effort.

    Linux, much as I like it, only got a show on netbooks because of the initial cost differentials between the two 2 OSs plus a bit of curiosity is building up re Linux, especially since the vista disaster and its inability to tun on netbooks.

    But unless someone can really provide a linux distribution that will not cause a massive % increase in returns and support costs and p!ssed off customers who expected to run some particular windows software on their machines, then linux ain't gonna take off in a big way (desite my personal preferences for it - I have "Ubuntu Studio", very nice, on the family PC plus XP for the kids games)

    In this case I blame HP almost completely for not taking the time and effort to think this through properly, and implement it the British public being so thick and bloody whinghing and suing that they deserve what they get.

    And I don't think MS are evil, just bloody successful and protecting their business same as any other business of any size tries to protect its business interests.

    Only if MS became a non-profit, or communist collective, would some people be happy, but then those same people want everything to be free whilst still having all the luxuries and tech available to support their high-carbon lives - kind of impossible unfortunately given human nature and the overwhelming capitalist system.

    More to the point, why does anyone want a bloody netwook anyway when you can get a smartphone or ipod which is just as useful and far more portable. Life with a laptop (so no desktop needed), plus a smartphone keeps me nicely productive wherever I am, even when on the bog.

  36. Nic
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    I agree with you in all but the lazy comment. Sometimes its just down to time. I want to be earning not tweaking.

    I am 100% with you ref smartphones. The ONLY reason I don't yet have a netbook (serial tech buyer) is my iPhone does just about all I would ever need to use a netbook for. Namely email, web, rdp (albeit a bit small), SSH (albeit a bit slow to type, only used in an emergency anyway). Oh and make calls!

  37. Giles Jones Gold badge


    Many of these netbooks are mis-sold or given away with mobile broadband contracts. This is the main problem, clueless customers given something they won't understand.

    If you had a clue you probably wouldn't sign up for a mobile broadband contract, the modems are cheap and the 3 PAYG options are good enough. A contract offers you nothing other than a bribe of a free netbook.

  38. Anonymous Coward

    M$ tax allright...

    Well, I was already letting pass the new aspire until they arrive in the Linux version. I don't understand why people still use windows - I only use it when I am forced to (at work), but do most of my work on Linux (kubuntu 8.10/Mandriva 2009.0 running kde 4.2), as it is so much easier to use, so much more stable, so much faster than the windows crap. I'd guess that some paytards would cry and shout and demand windows on their netbooks so that they could be as slow as they are used to, but any informed consumer, that bought a netbook would surely choose the best OS for the job?

  39. Dave

    Licence Agreement

    So you either just choose not to buy one if Linux is important, of you buy one, refuse the M$ licence and return it unactivated for a full refund to HP. Then (or maybe before), download the Linux offering so you can install that in place of the M$ bloatware.

    Had HP done a proper job on their Linux install, they'd not have so many problems. This is where Linux is failing - too many companies don't actually bother to put in the up-front work needed to make it go smoothly and provide a good user experience.

  40. David Hicks

    @Doug Glass

    Linux is already a multi-billion dollar success, regardless of whether or not Joe Arsewit uses it on his netbook.

    "It has to pop up, grow, spread, take over and become the primary whatever it is."

    Why? Are you saying that monoculture in Desktop OS's is actually a desirable thing?

    We've seen where that path leads - to increasingly sophisticated attacks that are massively successful because they can exploit weaknesses found on so many identical machines. I'd love for more people to use linux on their machines, but I'm not foolish enough to be shouting about linux being the only OS. That's what got us into MS style trouble in the first place.

    "Otherwise, well, it's just a pain in the ass."

    Then I am gladly a pain in the arse or a thorn in the side of you and your ilk, and will continue to be so!


    I'm surprised about the printer. My experience with printers in Linux has been better than n windows. On vista I had to download and install over 100 MB of stuff (I'm really not kidding, though I later found out there's a 38MB version if you follow the "business" link) to get my HP network printer up and running. On Ubuntu I just hit "scan" and it found and configured it.

    As for napster and tunebite - sorry, but you want to subscribe to a DRM'd music hire service like napster and then rip the results.... Isn't that somewhat immoral? And probably illegal? Avoid DRM and crap like napster in the first place matey. Or try it on wine...

    Your games console will be able to interact fine, if you find a upnp serving program like mediatomb, geexbox, ushare or others. Available from repositories in ubuntu.

    Personally, I find linux easier to set up and more functional than windows, for my needs. But I realise it doesn't work that way for everyone, and I don't tend to buy cheap-ass devices that can only be used with a PC speaking a proprietary protocol from windows-only software.

  41. Monkey


    You closing quote says it all.

    It is for precisely that reason, that the bog standard consumer buying these things cannot use their familiar software, that Linux isn't taking off. It's not a criticism of Linux either, it is simply a fact that the majority of the sales are to people who crave the familiar, or at least something that gives them a quick and accessibly way to get to the familiar.

    Linux doesn't, and Norton et al is their familiar. If the OS prevents them installing a copy of Norton etc and feeling safe using the internet why would people buy it en mass?

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "MS aren't evil, they are successful."

    Don't try to make your argument with such utter nonsense. "Evil" and "successful" are not diametrically opposed. You can be both. As M$ proves, along with *many* other companies.

  43. Christian Berger

    If they'd only install _real_ Windows on those boxes

    Unfortunately they only install the dumbed down versions of Windows which do not have propper network support (especially terminal server). If they'd go with a propper version I could understand going for Windows, but what use is that OS, if you can't log into your laptop or desktop from another machine to use your data on a larger screen?

  44. Anonymous Coward
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    Re: Not surprised - SLED10 is cr*p - but.................

    Exactly right - my Mini 2133 had SLED and it was replaced quickly by Ubuntu 8.x - it transformed the netbook and it now runs excellently. While I have used OpenSuse before successfully, SLED was quite un-good.

    With Ubuntu, all power saving/suspend/hibernate features work, Wifi works even with WPA2, and it just runs great. I did have to update the BIOS and also manually run the steps documented on the Ubuntu twiki to get wifi working but it was easy.

    So folks, please calm down - so what if HP doesn't sell netbooks with Linux. Consider it a $100 discount - sell your Win/XP license to a needful soul and install Ubuntu (or your fav Linux variant) and be happy. Golly!

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @Win tax idiots

    If there is not an increase in the price of the Mini 1000 netbook with windows, there is no "tax". Please pick something else to whine about.

  46. Anonymous Coward

    Open Source is the future

    ZDNet UK asked for clarification, HP sent a statement in which it said it had "assessed the current EMEA market and believes that the Compaq 700 and HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition better address the market and consumer needs".

    Pity they didn't ask any of us Reg readers.

    I was looking forward to a Linux version, so waiting for a US trip or get something else.

    As regards SLED on the older HP, a friend bought 2 and SLED didn't have all the hardware working, which is inexcusable. He installed Ubuntu & got it all working relatively quickly.

    As regards not being good enough for the desktop, tell that to me and my customers who have been using for 4+ years. Here's a prime example:

  47. Brian Allan
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    Finally, sanity in the marketplace!

    It is about time computer manufacturers realized Windows or Mac are the operating systems of choice and stop wasting money installing the Linux flavor of the month! Bravo for HP!!

  48. Goat Jam


    "There's substantial interest in installing Ubuntu on all this hardware, indicating that this is actually want the customer wants."

    In fact the new HP netbook in question does ship with Ubuntu, so perhaps HP have learnt something (well, outside of the UK that is)

  49. Kevin Bailey

    XP is too slow for netbooks

    Let's face it - XP is slow as treacle on full powered desktops.

    The reason for using Linux on netbooks is because the performance is really snappy. That's why people love their netbooks - really quick and easy access to web and email. If you're trying to use XP you're missing the point of netbooks.

    My Dell Mini 9 is fantastic. Fast Ubuntu OS, great keyboard, 4 hours battery life - and at 1 kilo it can be in my rucksack all the time.

    HP better watch out. They've always been incredibly supportive of Debian - but if it looks like they're being leant on we need to be careful that their kit will stop supporting Linux. That means we'll be getting our servers from elsewhere.

  50. Kevin Bailey


    Not just 10 netbook sales.

    We're the techies who buy ALL the kit.

    Look at what happened to SCO. And it's not vindictiveness - we are relied on to produce reliable solutions for our clients. And we know that OSS provides the most reliable solutions. Just ask Google.

  51. elderlybloke

    Win tax idiots Mk2

    to Anonymous Coward,

    well bugger me , and even playing field.

    Well almost, HP selected a crap version of Linux to install.

    HP seem to have gone downhill steadily since those with the names Hewlett and Packard have disappeared from the company.

    Remember Carly?

  52. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Market share, market share, market share

    Did any of you gobshites bother checking the HP US website? They actually have user reviews. What's interesting about the user reviews of the M1000 us that there are 10 reviews of the Linux version, and 126 reviews of the Windows version. If that's any sort of reflection of the actual market share, then HP are selling 12 times as many of the XP version.

    Either that or the Unix customers are so busy trying to make the thing work that they aren't bothering to write reviews.

    And the only options for the Mini 2140 on the US website at the moment are Windows - either XP Home or Vista.

  53. Anonymous Coward

    @Linux doesn't cut the mustard

    Oh pleez. Just go away. If you don't like Linux and/or can't stomach the learning curve for something different, no one is making you use it. The well-trodden path of least resistance is the right path for many, even for most. So be it.

    To the person who likened it to the recurring pimples on his 63 yr old ass... Well, thanks for the visual there. I hope they don't spread and ultimately take over your ass, whether or not Linux ever becomes mainstream. If they do, I'm sure you won't take it sitting down.

    The real reason I'd rather not purchase an HP product is the fact that our organization has had many hardware issues with HP laptops and workstations---and how utterly miserable it's been dealing with HP in every step of the ordering and support process. They seem to slowly be coming around (like Dell finally did), but much more work is needed.

  54. David Kairns

    Left Handed

    (I LOVE the idea of Linux)(I HATE Gates)

    I tried Linux a while back. I forget the distro.

    "Where the F is the MOUSE control panel?????"

    Some idiot (obviously testing Uncle Bill's drugs in quantity) actually suggested I switch hands!

    I checked some stats and found that in some groups (mainly artistic) up to 50%!!!!!!!!! were left handed!

    Yeah I know, things have improved. Maybe I'll try another distro.

    I DON'T have time to fart around becoming a senior programmer for Earth computing genuis just to get some work done.

    Further, who the hell named Ubuntu, some cousin of an African god? It's an OS not a galactic social movement. (I LOVE Africa and everything about it, including all its amazing people).

    I'll go try latest PCLOS probably, or DSL.

    Jezuz H Christ!!

  55. Henry Wertz Gold badge


    Well, I live here in the states, so I still have a choice of a real OS on this machine apparently. But, I also will not buy a single machine ever again with Windows on it. No non-Windows version? No sale. I don't care if it has Linux or is blank, I will not send money to Microsoft for something I'm never going to use. And I know the reality is companies will make me FIGHT to return the unused software, more than I'm willing to put up with.

    @Linux doesn't cut the mustard, quit the trolling. Modern Linux distros are MORE point'n'click and easier than windows overall. Try installing most scanners and printers -- linux has drivers, windows you have to go download them, it's much harder. I've found more situations the Winodws GUI won't handle than OSX *or* Ubuntu's. No comment on Suse specifically.

    @Nic, MS are evil AND successful. They are successful, but also are a (twice! US *and* EU) convicted monopolist. They REALLY play dirty, and will do ANYTHING including bribery to keep their position.

    @Brian Allan: Wasting money on Linux? Windows has a much higher cost.

  56. mario

    Hardware and linux

    it may not be a netbook, but Fedora10 works very well on my acer 4720z laptop. Bluetooth check, webcam check, wifi check, antivirus........ Shiite!! I guess winduhs must be better cuz it got that nice antivirus thing running to play with those nice trojans and virii that are part of the winduhs experience.

  57. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    HP Lost OS plot with the 2133

    HP's problem with the 2133 is that, being developed before the netbook market really got started, it is designed for corporate rather than personal use.

    So, the original O/S choices were SLED or Vista Business - both of them inappropriate for what they are running on. I think they must have been thinking "new HP palmtop", i.e. to be bought by businesses for the executive class.

    In 2133 reviews there are as many reports of people replacing Vista with XP as SLED with XP.

    The hardware is engineered to a standard that reminds one of the "old HP", a light alloy chassis, metal case, gigabit ethernet, excellent sound, high-resolution screen etc. But because of that the price was always too high, and they didn't sell.

    Cue fire-sale late last year - picked up a couple of the 1.2GHz SLED versions for £190 each. One is now running Ubuntu - a very easy install, and everything works - and the other runs Windows 7 (obviously had to download a bunch of drivers, and the machine won't suspend to RAM).

    Both work well BUT Ubuntu is a bit slicker, and is able to take advantage of the VIA processor's hardware encryption engine, so that full-disk encryption is possible with no performance penalty.

    BTW the original meaning Ubuntu comes from the Zulu/Xhosa languages. It's a philosophy of life along the lines of "everyone helps everyone else" - one of the things that helped black South Africans get through the apartheid years when the SA government made no effort to provide for their needs (more than that, to intentionally exclude them from many areas of society). Hmm, there could be an interesting analogy coming here....

  58. Dom

    Left-handed etc.

    On Ubuntu, System->Preferences->Mouse->left-handed mouse.

    My own theory on the early netbooks is that as well as wanting to keep costs down, the devices didn't actually count as PCs and that therefore they were actually *allowed* to sell a Windows-less computer. explains more about the relationship between MS and the hardware vendors. The article also makes the point that hardly anybody ever actually buys Windows: they buy a computer, and Windows is what comes with it. And only Windows.

    Right, I'm off to install BeOS on an old Thinkpad...

  59. Anonymous Coward

    Re: Not surprised - SLED10 is cr*p - but.................

    SLED10? Where's the OpenSuse 11.1 (with kde4.2 if you want)?

    I suspect the problem is people really want to buy a cheap laptop, rather than using a netbook they way its supposed to be used.

    These things are supposed to be for email, browsing, IM and maybe googledocs. If you start trying to install MYOB or MS Project or F.E.A.R. you will fail. The problem is, when people fail they look for what has changed - and that would be "linux installed". So they take it back and ask for Windows. If the thing is unusable with Windows installed, then they might admit they got the spec wrong, but they probably won't take it back and ask for linux again.

    Bottom line: Windows is cheaper for HP. Who cares about the customer?

    With that attitude, I'd rather give my money to Apple...

  60. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Easy-don't buy HP

    Simplifies the market I guess if you want Linux-don't bother with HP. It's clearly business they don't want.

    Manufacturers should be offering a blank model of any pc anyway so that no-one *has* to pay for windows if they ain't using it. Ridiculous concept.

  61. David Hicks

    @David Kairns

    When did you try linux? Was it ten years ago?

    I just looked and on my Debian machine I go to System (one of the menus on the top menu bar) -> perefernces -> mouse.

    Left/Right handed is the top option on the settings dialog.

  62. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The main difference between Linux and Windows:



    The point being, sometimes people want to build it from scratch, and other times, they just want to plug it in. When one wants control, they'll do it themselves, but when one wants it to just work reasonably well to serve a couple of purposes, what's the point?

  63. Simon


    you people crack me up saying windows costs more than linux, and linux really does cut the mustard.

    when something doesn't work in windows, it tells you to what menu options to press to remove it or update the driver. when it doesnt work in linux, you have to edit a bunch of files, do some stuff with your kernal, or buy new hardware.

    its obvious you linux fanboys are all biased. personally i think an operating system that threatens to put people like myself out of a job by being "free" is the definition of evil.

    windows xp boots on my dell mini 9 in seconds, it is lightning fast. not fast enough? what the hell? i had xp running on my 333mhz laptop with no problems (just a looooong boot time).

    while ubuntu or whatever might run smoothly and nice, the second something goes wrong, it is a thousand times harder to fix for the average guy than it is in windows. i think you freetards take a lot for granted, just because you have spent years mastering console commands doesnt mean your average guy has.

    I think most freetards enjoy comparing windows 98 to linux, constantly banging on about blue screens and stuff.

    "Try installing most scanners and printers -- linux has drivers, windows you have to go download them"

    actually, no. windows has drivers for most things, and if not, you just have to pop the CD in the drive or run windows update.

    oh and anyone in charge of purchasing IT equipment for employees who chooses linux over windows is an idiot and should be fired.

  64. Brian Whittle


    Most business are geared up to use Microsoft OS its as simple as that.

    As for the old Linux chestnut, I deal with home PC users all the time who mostly are non tetchy, its all very well the Geeks (I include myself here) going on about Linux but its not really for most people. I have installed various LInux Distros and have got ever thing to work with a lot of fannying about but as someone who deals with PC's all day I don't want to be messing about all night, those days have gone

    Linux my arse

  65. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Halo

    But Linux STILL doesn't cut the mustard. Yes.

    @AC - "Oh pleez. Just go away. If you don't like Linux and/or can't stomach the learning curve for something different, no one is making you use it."

    Oh the irony... that's exactly what HP and the Carphone warehouse *are* doing. Do you see? ;-)

    If someone stops using Linux, the fanboys rant about how evil and stupid they are. If someone complains about Linux, the fanboys tell them to stop using it. If they stop using it, the fanboys rant about howevil and stupid they are...

    The real reason you foam at the mouth so much is because you *know* it's inadequate for Joe the plummer. He needs Windows. You're smarter than that, and other people irritate you as a result because, unlike animals, you can't just put them down when they annoy you. You still have to work with them or take your orders from them. And doesn't that make you mad?

    Still, at least you have an outlet on aggressive IRC channels where you display rage and fury to newbies and potential users just tryng to ask a few questions about it. And on your specialist messageboards where you compete on who's the biggest nerd and who can come up with the wittiest and most computer-cryptic put-downs to newbies and those who don't know quite as much as you. And then there's the shallow end of your pool - blog and aricle comments sections.

    Normal people need Windows. Deal with it. There are loads of MP3 players and file sharing networks better than any Apple product but people still *need* iPods and iTunes. Deal with it. All you want to do is tell those people they're wrong - breaking rule #1 of any marketing department,especially Microsoft's. And let's face facts shall we, if anyone is in a position to lecture you about marketing it's commercial giants like MS, Apple, Google Inc and Mozilla Corp.

  66. Fred

    Dont Fret

    This smacks of a social engineering paired with psychological tools to try to deflate the rise of Linux, namely Ubuntu.

    They (HP and others) will try to poison the pill, because M$ is now getting frightened of Ubuntu.

    Take this as a note of encouragement, during my spare time I've upgraded more than 250 PC's to Ubuntu 8.04 (for older sub 1Gig machines) and 8.10 for the newer iron, and this is all over the last 3 months! I have only seen 1 (read that again) machine revert back to M$(xp), and i still chat on a regular basis with about 90% of the converted Pc users on IRC - they love it.

    I'd ignore this story as negative hype, and carry one. In the end most users do get fed up the the M$ bully boy tactics, and do adopt Linux. Proven in reality!

  67. Anonymous Coward

    Well then...

    There's no way I'm paying £50 over the odds for an OS I'm never going to use.

    Although I wouldn't go with HP anyway, them and compaq are pushing out really poor quality stuff these days.

  68. Aitor


    There is a reason not to use Ubuntu for HP: legal threats (read: SW patents).

    As for Hp pulling linux, I really understand it.. most people are too dumb to use it.. and they are used to use the "known" software.

    As for Ipods, etc.. well, I just don't care and use the player I like most: in this case I use my laptop (windows) or my mobile (propietary).. or my linux powered HD decoder.. and I just don't care about the OS as long as it does what I need...

    As for HP not using linux.. well, I think they just got it all wrong..

  69. Mark
    Black Helicopters

    re: Windows/Linux

    What SW patents are Linux distros infringing?

  70. Wortel


    All you anti-Linux tards make me laugh. When was the last time you checked your blood pressure? :)

    Enjoy that new piece of malware they call Conficker by the way, it was made especially for your kind by the Windows-only malware creation squad. You know, your kind, the crowd followers.

    Especially you Simon, for god's sake go service pack that brain of yours. If you're too piss-poor abled to actually still learn something, then you are the one who should be fired.

  71. David Hicks


    "actually, no. windows has drivers for most things, and if not, you just have to pop the CD in the drive or run windows update."

    I just told you of at least on e situation where the opposite is true. Keep spouting your bullshit though.

    "oh and anyone in charge of purchasing IT equipment for employees who chooses linux over windows is an idiot and should be fired."

    Right, because we all know that change is bad and companies should never try changing business practices to save money on software, increase productivity or increase the lifetime of their hardware acquisitions?

    All because that initial 10 minutes of "here is your office program, it works pretty much the same, here is how you log off" is just too costly.


  72. Haberland

    Linutop re-new commitment to Linux

    Linutop strongly believe in giving users the maximum freedom of choice and flexibility. An open source, Linux-based operating system is the ideal platform that allows users to get most of their devices. Additionally, open source allows running systems more cost-effective because users do not have to pay for an operating systems and applications from the established vendors. We are convinced that open source operating systems will become even more popular amongst many professional and semi-professional users in the future.

    Even in the area of consumer technology there is strong opportunity for open source. It will be very interesting to see how the market reacts on the Google mobile phone with its open source operating system and what effect this might have on the established systems like Symbian and Windows Mobile.

    Businesses are under incredible pressure to become more flexible and reduce costs at the same time. This will drive demand for more developer friendly and cost efficient systems in the future – which is exactly what open source operating systems like Linux provide.

  73. Anonymous Coward

    LINUX Laptops

    Give it up. If there were sufficient people wiling to buy Linux laptops then HP would be selling them. That old "you've got the wrong distro" excuse is years-old now. The viable non-geek consumer choice is between WIndows and Mac on the desktop.

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