In a move that is sure to go down well with Linux enthusiasts, HP has decided to reenter the Linux desktop market with its expected launch of HP Compaq dc5850 in mid-December which comes preloaded with a SUSE Linux flavor.
Incidentally the new desktop is tailored to cater to the needs of schools and small businesses and will also include Open Office suite of applications; in addition a user will have the option to download up to 40 free educational software including applications designed for school administration.
It is interesting to note that the new desktop which is expected to be priced at USD 519 marks a watershed in the desktop market with all major OEM players now having a Linux based offering in their product line.
Explaining the rationale behind the decision to launch a Linux powered desktop, Lance Stevens, the software product manger with HP mentioned that “ "Over the last several months, our engagement with customers in the education segment really pushed us to make this offer available,"
Though HP has been quite reluctant to bring Linux into the desktop market, it does have an illustrious history of supplying Linux based offerings for the server market where it is the largest reseller of Linux based servers.