HP unveils ProBook laptop line

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Apr 28, 2009 3:42 PM EDT
Reuters; By Gabriel Madway
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The ProBook offers users a number of new features, including an optional Linux-based operating system pre-installed -- Novell Inc's SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 -- for those seeking an alternative to the dominant Microsoft Corp Windows platform. It is HP's first-ever Linux pre-install on a standard business laptop, the company said. The PC maker does offer some netbooks with Linux. "It's pretty much a natural evolution," said Carol Hess- Nickels, HP's director of marketing for worldwide business notebooks. "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."

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