INK OUTFIT HP has decided that Brits don't want Linux on their nice new shiny netbooks.
The firm has dropped Linux as an OS option for the latest netbooks in Blighty and quite a few European countries.
The HP mini 1000 was supposed to hit the shops this month, but it seems the British are stuck with the designer, premium-priced Vivienne Tam edition. This means that they will have to shell out £450, a huge chunk of which will go to stick Windows XP under the bonnet. The very nice Ubuntu Linux version will only appear in the US.
Meanwhile the Compaq Mini 700 will only be XP flavoured. A business user can buy HP's business-oriented Mini 2140, which comes with a choice between XP and Vista.
In fact the only bit of penguin-friendly kit you can find on the UK market is the Mini 2133, which has been out for a year and has been made obsolete by the Mini 1000 with its Intel Atom onboard.
HP is refusing to say why it is spurning Linux as if it were a rabid dog. The closest it has come up with is a comment fired off to ZDNet saying that the Compaq 700 and HP Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition better address the market and consumer needs in Blighty. Therefore the Pengiun on board HP Mini 1000 with Mobile Internet Experience will not be introduced.
The spinning mill has been turning out a yarn claiming that retailers have more Linux-based netbooks returned to them than XP equivalents. That might be because punters can't run their favourite software on them. It doesn't explain how come the top selling netbook is the Linux based Acer's Aspire One. µ
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