HP drops Linux from European netbooks

6 Feb 2009

Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard (HP) has decided to no longer offer the Linux version of the new HP Mini 1000 in a number of European markets.

The new netbook was due to go on sale in Europe this month. In the US, the Linux version of the Mini 1000 comes with Ubuntu’s flavour of Linux.

Instead, in certain markets across Europe, including Ireland and the UK, HP will sell the Compaq 700 and the HP Vivienne Tam edition of the Mini 1000 (pictured), both of which come with Windows XP installed.

Since their debut early last year, netbooks have stormed through the PC market, with close to 2.5 million units sold in the fourth quarter of last year.

There are rumours that retailers have had more Linux-based netbooks returned to them than their XP counterparts because of connectivity issues with other devices and generally people’s unfamiliarity with the Linux operating system.

By John Kennedy

Pictured: HP Vivienne Tam edition of the Mini 1000