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NewsForge: First Look at HP's First US All-Linux PC

Sep 03, 2003, 19:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"I've been itching to get my hands on an HP Compaq d220 ever since I saw it announced in early July. The d220 appeared to be the first preloaded Linux desktop made available in the US by a tier-one OEM since Dell's half-hearted attempt was taken off the market. Alas, from my hands-on testing I learned that HP is not preloading Linux on the d220, nor on any other desktops sold in the U.S. Instead, if ordered with the Linux option, the d220 is shipped with an empty hard drive and two CDs containing Mandrake 9.1 Light.

"The d220 I reviewed was slightly different than what I would have received had I purchased it. It came with a combo CD-RW/DVD drive that is not available on the Linux model at present, although HP says it will be shortly. The other thing that was different was that HP had installed Mandrake on it before I received it..."

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