HP Debuts Its First Linux Laptop

HP has released Compaq nx5000, its first laptop with SuSE Linux and OpenOffice pre-installed. The target market for the new notebook is small, consisting primarily of developers and users wanting to run specific Linux-based applications.
Equipped with an Intel Pentium M processor , the nx5000 lists for US$1,199. A version equipped with Windows sells for $80 more — not enough of a price difference to attract a large number of buyers to the Linux model based on price alone.
“I don’t see this HP laptop, with Linux, as replacing a Windows device,” says IDC analyst Dan Kusnetzky. “Business buyers tend to ask: What application do I need? And then they ask: What operating system do I need to run that application?”