HP 1000 With Linux Available in January

Though some would argue that Linux’s time has come and gone, it looks like netbook manufacturers aren’t giving up on the OS entirely.  According to Liliputing, an HP Mini 1000 Linux edition is coming in January. It’s only $20 less than the XP version, which makes me wonder what the real advantage is of choosing it over Windows? Sure, some people want anything but Microsoft, but the majority seem to prefer XP (or, at least, cannot deal with the quirks of Linux).  A Linuxed HP 1000 isn’t likely to revive the OS, but it shows that the major manufacturers still see some merit in it. Whether consumers will is still to be determined.

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  1. Kevin Says:

    MIE Linux is going to be great, especially since it will have support from HP. XP is great and compatible, but MIE is what a NETbook needs, empasis on “net”.

  2. BL Says:

    “…which makes me wonder what the real advantage is of choosing it over Windows?”
    The main advantage is being Linux :D
    Being a Linux enthusiast for several years, one of the things I’ll take in account when being a netbook is the OS, and I’m choosing Linux :)

  3. xISO_ZWT Says:

    -which makes me wonder what the real advantage is of choosing it over Windows?

    Let’s see:
    – it’s freedom in being able to choose
    – no viruses, BSOD, trojans
    – have the source code, can recompile just for this machine
    – not proprietary bloatware
    – modular, can install only the os functions I want, etc. (gotta run)

  4. Greg C. Says:

    Decided to not wait…got the Mini 1000 (1035NR) 1 GB RAM, 60 GB Drive, XP Home Edition – absolutely love this thing…I have downloaded Firefox, added a few add-ons to enhance user experience e.g. Speed Dial to build thumbnails for my favorite web sites with about 12 groups (News, Sports, Weather, Lifestyle, etc.) which I used color tabs; added a black theme from recommended themes; and I located an HP Imprint background that was more appealing to the Swirl imprint on the outside.

    I also wanted to use this to drive my Outlook and PowerPoint so I located and installed Office 2007 (copied the DVD to mobile USB Storage device using my old laptop which has a DVD reader), configured it to use HTTP as method to connect via wireless to my company’s Exchange server; worked like a champ. I was also able to VPN into the business to view internal web sites. I downloaded and installed Norton 360 Anti-virus s/w along with SKYPE – the built-in microphone and speakers worked quite well without a headset for for practical purposes I will probably use a bluetooth earpiece. I went out and bought me an SD memory card (8GB) and copied my Outlook perosnal folders from my corporate laptop to it and inserted into my Mini 1000 SD slot (after removing the plastic insert in the slot that ships with the unit); I’m using the SD card not only for Outlook but also to house presentations I use as part of my job and since it inserts into the SD slot and is flush with the housing; it doesn’t take away from the appearance of the Mini 1000 stylish design. As for the presentations, while I don’t have the mini VGA adapter yet, I will shortly and I plan to use it to drive my external projector for my presentations.

    As for some previous posts I read while doing my research on the Mini 1000; I saw several voicing concerns about speed and memory. While I would love to have more memory in the Mini 1000 I was amazed how snappy this unit was with the 1 GB. I have dual processor (Apple G5) along with OS X and it drives videos fairly well but to my surprise I actually think the Mini 1000 did a better job streaming with no discernible chop (I have DSL in my home). I was astonished how smooth the flash animations were and I located some live TV video streaming links and played those. So, I am without a question, sold on this unit and I know HP will sell a ton of them. Heck, for $500 you can’t go wrong. I plan to load all of my iTunes into Mini 1000 and eliminate the iPod; I’ll buy another battery to have on-hand for long flights. So, the Mini is perfect for home and for business and while I like the iPhone and iTouch from both a functional and stylistic point of view, I firmly believe more and more people will opt for the netbooks rather than iPhone, when it comes to preferred mobility tools to surf the net. Unlike heavy laptops, it’s just too convenient not to take it with you on that run to Starbucks. One last thing, make sure you load all of the updates including drivers you can download from HP to ensure your Mini 1000 is functioning optimally and be careful to not load up too many add-ons to that browser or it will slow it down as for me I have 1-click weather (in status bar), Cool Iris and Speed Dial.

  5. Tony Says:

    THe one big draw back of the HP1000 over similar Netbooks is that it does not have a VGA. If HP want to compete the proprietary adapter cable should be in the box.

  6. alstofa Says:

    I think that linux is familiar for me, because experience with linux is very wonderful for. Salute for linux forever.

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