Following lobbying from users on its IdeaStorm website, Dell announced last month that it would start certifying its systems for Linux. Now, CRN reports that HP is considering the introduction of systems pre-loaded with the open-source operating system. According to Doug Small, HP’s worldwide director of open source and Linux marketing, HP is “in a massive [custom] deal right now for … multi-thousands of units of a desktop opportunity for Linux.” Although he declined to give CRN details about the Linux deals, Small said those deals are indicators of critical mass, and that HP is “really looking at it very hard.”
HP has tried to sell Linux PCs in the past, but according to Small, the company “didn’t see the results for it.” Currently, some of HP’s notebooks are certified to work with both Novell’s SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and Red Hat Linux. The company also offers systems pre-loaded with Linux for large enterprise deals, and the like.