HP, Novell partner on new Linux PC that ships Dec 15

HP, Novell partner on new Linux PC that ships Dec 15

Summary: HP announced this week it is preloading Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on its Compaq dc5850 Business Desktop PC.The PC, which offers high-end graphics and dual monitor support, debuted in April.

SHARE:

HP announced this week it is preloading Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on its Compaq dc5850 Business Desktop PC.

The PC, which offers high-end graphics and dual monitor support, debuted in April.  It has an AMD processor and an ATI Radeon 3100 card and will be available on Dec 15 for $519.

HP announced a similar deal to preload SLED on one of its NetBook system 2133 models also last April.

Grant Ho, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Enterprise Linux Desktops at Novell, said the time is right for open source desktops.

"The economy is the No. 1 factor and customers are trying to rationalize their IT spend and reduce the cost of their proprietary software spend and re-use hardware," Ho said. "They're looking for an open source solution at the right price point."

Novell has nailed similar OEM agreements with HP in the past.  In April of 2004, for instance, HP launched its first Linux notebook running SLES.

The HP Compaq dc5850 is a business PC but the company is targeting the education market as well as SMB in this release. For example, HP is working with Novell to create a repository "of more than 40 applications, including math, art and word games, to improve student learning. In addition, applications for school administration and instruction will be available for teachers and administrators," HP's release stated.

Novell's Ho said SLED is differentiated from other desktop Linux distributions like Ubuntu because of the company's global support capabilities, interoperability pact with Microsoft and its high profile desktop Linux projects such as GNOME and Evolution. "We have several hundred professional services capabilities and [Canonical]  is a much smaller company," he said.  

Topics: Hardware, Hewlett-Packard, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

4 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Yay! (Dietrich waves Novell SLED Flag)

    Actually, it's more than flag waving.

    The open question to you Paula and Dana is WHY now has HP stepped up to the plate to offer Linux on Desktop PCs?

    This might be a good follow up article for you.

    IMO, it is part and parcel with HP's move away from MS.

    See the below article on the HP Mini 1000 and consider that with my question put to you above.

    o [url=http://www.dtschmitz.com/dts/2008/10/hp-netbooks-sport-their-own-linux-interface.html]HP Netbooks Sport Their Own Linux Interface[/url]

    HP knows Unix (HP-UX) so they ought to be able to put together a good Linux product line, Yes?
    no_zd_user_name
  • RE: HP, Novell partner on new Linux PC that ships Dec 15

    Wh
    drprodny
  • Question - Why SUSE?

    I'm not a Linux expert, which is probably why I prefer Ubuntu and Xandros to SUSE (which I purchased, tried - and gave up on after about a week of confusion).

    What's so good about SUSE? Is it more for Linux geeks than endusers seeking a Windows/OSX alternative, or did I miss something the last time I tried using it?
    drprodny
    • I think you missed something

      Reserve judgement--this coming Thursday, Dec. 18 openSUSE 11.1 will be out!

      Give it another try!
      no_zd_user_name