Well HP does ship with with Linux...I took this as a "This is HP OS", where Dell is saying 'This is a Dell...with Ubuntu"Both Dell and Lenovo have been offering Linux OS for a while, and many netbooks offering linux as default too, I dont see whats significantly new in HP's move.
I would give it more consideration if HP stop offering windows tho.
If this thing is going to be based on Linux, it may only take 12-18 months. Heck, even in 6 months, they could release something. The reason this is possible is because Linux already works. It's just that nothing is simple for everyday users, that's all. In 6 months, they could "simplify" a version of Linux, but it would only partially meet their goal of offering a simpler OS for everyday users. In 18 months, they could have something much different to every other distribution of Linux today (e.g.: Ubuntu, SuSE, etc), and make it piss easy to do the really simple things that may not be so simple on some versions of Linux, such as playing mp3s.Based on the time frame to get a project finished, doesn't sound like the expect Apple to compete with a cheap laptop anytime soon.
I wouldn't mind if this happens, assuming they don't fall victim to the same problems that plague MS.wish apple would rethink it policies, it'd be really good for companies like HP and Dell to offer OS X.
HP has written its own operating systems for decades. HP-UX is HP's venerable port of UNIX. The Palo Alto company has written operating systems for its laboratory workbench data acquisition computers. It also owns the old DEC which wrote several top-notch operating systems, VMS/OpenVMS being the most notable. It's operating systems have not been geared to the wage slaves in the secretarial pool, but give HP a chance.Hmmm.....HP making it's own OS?
I'm a bit skeptical. ...