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April 29th, 2009, 12:19 AM
HP Peps Up Its Mid-Range Business Laptops

The ProBook s-series represents HP's new mainstream business laptop brand, replacing most of the Compaq line.

By Antone Gonsalves
April 28, 2009 01:58 PM


Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday introduced a line of inexpensive small business notebooks that offer a choice between Windows or Linux operating systems.

Starting as low as $529, the ProBooks combine business functionality with a number of consumer features, such as high-definition graphics and Blu-ray drives. Buyers also have the option ofIntel (NSDQ: INTC) or Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) processors.

The laptops are available with Windows Vista, which can be downgraded to Windows XP. In addition, buyers can choose Novell (NSDQ: NOVL)'s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 as an alternative to the Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) platform. It's the first time HP has offered preinstalled Linux on a mainstream business laptop.

April 29th, 2009, 12:24 AM
Ooh! (Goes to HP site...)

Now they are finally seeing what an impact preinstalled Linux can have.

April 29th, 2009, 12:51 AM
Almost too good to be true.
The original press-release by HP says that Linux will be pre-installed on "selected models":
So lets hope the selection will be wide. :KS

April 29th, 2009, 01:54 PM
We'll see how well they do.

Isn't HP like Lenovo with it's "on-again,off-again" Linux offerings? It would be nice but so far Dell is the only major one that has been consistent.