Re: divorcing their success from Micro-Shaft @bombastic bob
"I would specifically like to see Linux-based HP laptops as a major marketing thrust. I bet it would succeed, too."
Utter nonsense. Why would that strategy suddenly succeed? HP has a selection of Chromebooks. What's wrong with them?
Almost every business laptop/desktop model can be bought without MS tax (=Freedos preinstalled) yet the sales of those models are flatso fugly.
There's no reason for HP et al. to preinstall any Linux distro because the "graybeards" would still be reinstalling their preferred distros (and moan how HP had used closed source binaries or partitioned the storage stupidly, and whatnot)