HP revs netbooks: Attempts custom Linux OS
Hewlett Packard on Wednesday rolled out a netbook lineup designed to play catch up with Dell, Asus and others. But the real interesting play here is HP’s move to develop a custom Linux operating system for one of its netbooks.
HP is rolling out three netbooks powered by Intel’s Atom processor. Given that netbooks are accounting for most of the growth in PC units HP would be foolish not to dive in.
And the HP Mini 1000 with MIE (mobile Internet experience): This one comes with an HP interface that’s built on Linux and is designed for digital content–videos, music and video. It also comes with Skype, instant messaging and a dashboard to get to email and browsing. The MIE will start at $379 with availability in January.