HP Readies Linux Business Desktop - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers

HP Readies Linux Business Desktop

The Compaq dc5850 could appeal to cash-strapped school districts and businesses in the current economic downturn.


HP's Linux-based Compaq dc5850
(click image
for larger view)


HP's Linux-based Compaq dc5850

Hewlett-Packard plans to offer next week a business desktop pre-loaded with Linux and a number of open source desktop applications, including the OpenOffice.org productivity suite.

HP introduced the offering less than a week after IBM made generally available a Linux-desktop package that includes the Ubuntu distribution of the open source operating system and IBM's Lotus e-mail, instant messaging, and office productivity applications. IBM is offering to roll out the package on companies' PCs via the vendor's IT services unit.

HP's offering is less ambitious. the company is offering to preload Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on the HP Compaq dc5850. The package will also include OpenOffice, the open source alternative to Microsoft's Office suite, a Web browser, multimedia tools, and e-mail, collaboration, and instant messaging software.

HP is particularly focused on the education market. The company says it's working with Novell to develop more than 40 applications, including math, art, and work games, to help educate children. In addition, the companies are developing applications for school administration and instruction for teachers and administrators.

Microsoft-free PCs could appeal to cash-strapped school districts and businesses in the current economic downturn. IBM has said that systems built on its open source client should cost about half as much as Windows PCs. That's because computer vendors that sell Windows systems must pay a license fee to Microsoft for each system shipped and usually pass the cost on to customers.

In addition, HP and IBM are introducing their offerings at a time when Microsoft is vulnerable in the business market. Few large enterprises have upgraded their systems to Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows Vista, because it requires more powerful PCs than the older XP, has intrusive security features, and lacks compatibility with older software.

HP plans to start selling the Linux-powered Compaq dc5850 Dec. 15 in the United States. Pricing starts at $519.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
10 Ways to Transition Traditional IT Talent to Cloud Talent
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  11/23/2020
News
What Comes Next for the COVID-19 Computing Consortium
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/24/2020
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Slideshows
Flash Poll