HP, the world's largest PC manufacturer, has announced it will start selling Linux-based PCs from $AU600 in Australia.
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Hewlett-Packard, the world’s largest PC manufacturer, has announced it will start selling Linux-based PCs from $AU600 in Australia.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop will come pre-loaded on the HP dx2250 desktop computer -- an AMD-based model.
The PC itself comes with a range of AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core, Athlon 64 and Sempron processors.
“With the cost of proprietary systems continuing to rise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop minimises acquisition and ongoing deployment costs, leaving more money and resources for other high-value projects and tasks,” said Max McLaren, General Manager at Red Hat in Australia and New Zealand, taking a clear dig at Vista.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop also comes with OpenOffice preinstalled, Firefox for web browsing and Evolution for email .
Red Hat will also offer Level One, Level Two and Level Three technical support for the solution. HP's announcement did not make clear whether any free software support would be included -- we've put the question to HP.