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HP Finally Offers Pre-Installed Desktop Linux

Dec 10, 2008, 21:01 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Besides SLED's usual assortment of programs, such as Firefox for Web browsing, Evolution for e-mail and OpenOffice for office work, Novell and HP will be jointly offering a repository of more than 40 open-source applications, including math, art and word games, to improve student learning. In addition, applications for school administration and instruction will be available for teachers and administrators. This repository will be available in early January.

"Stevens said that that the delay is because Novell and HP are still certifying this set of education programs for use with this particular platform. What this means for you is that when you call HP for first and second-tier support, they'll not only be able to help you with SLED on the PC, but with these applications as well. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a PC company is offering free and open-source software support, beyond the operating system and Web browsers, to customers."

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