HP is launching a new line of inexpensive business laptops, the ProBook s-series. These laptops can be ordered with Novell Inc's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 pre-installed.
According to HP it is HP's first-ever Linux pre-install on a standard business laptop. HP already offers some netbooks with Linux pre-installed.
"It's pretty much a natural evolution," said Carol Hess- Nickels, HP's director of marketing for worldwide business notebooks to Reuters.com.
"We want to provide a different option ... it's probably a little time yet before we'll know exactly what the demand is, but we did think it was something worth trying."
The ProBooks are available with either 14-inch, 15.6-inch, or 17.3-inch screen sizes & some models will also feature Qualcomm Inc's Gobi technology, allowing them to use a single module to access different mobile broadband network technologies & mobile operators.
The ProBooks will be available with prices starting at $529.