Buying an HP Pavilion Laptop for GNU/Linux
Aug 17, 2007, 00:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
"A corporation is not the person the legal fiction makes it so
much as a collection of different interests. I was reminded of this
fact a couple of weeks ago when I went shopping for a laptop.
Remembering that Hewlett-Packard almost singlehandedly solved the
basic problem of laser printer support for GNU/Linux, I ended up
buying one of the company's laptops. Consumer reports, price, and
HP's listing as one of the greener hardware manufacturers according
to Greenpeace also affected my decision, but my impression of HP as
a free software friendly company was a large criteria.
"Unfortunately, the impression was skewed. In contrast to HP's
printer division, the laptop division has almost no awareness
whatsoever of non-Windows operating systems..."