HP To Start Selling Linux Systems

According to APC Magazine, Hewlett-Packard are planning on selling desktop PCs in Australia that are loaded with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Desktop, with Red Hat providing the support. The models available will be AMD systems with Semprons, Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 CPUs. Honestly, I'm not sure why anyone would want to buy system based on those CPUs (with the superior Intel chips being available) but I guess these are aimed at small to medium businesses, which is the reason for the choice of Red Hat as the operating system.

Now I'd like for Dell to make some sort of announcement for when they're going to be selling Ubuntu-based systems in Australia as well. I hope that more and more PC vendors will start supporting Linux options, which might put some pressure on the hardware manufacturers to release decent Linux drivers – perhaps even open source versions.