Hewlett-Packard is now taking orders for their nx5000 business notebook computers with Novell’s SuSE Linux 9.1 installed. I’ve happy to report that the combination is a winner.
The nx5000 (which H-P also sells with Windows) is a medium-sized notebook: 12.9 by 10.9 by 1.4 inches, with a weight of 6 pounds. My test model came with a 1.4 GHz Pentium M processor, a 40 GB hard drive, 512 MB of memory, a DVD ROM/CD RW drive, 802.11b WiFi, a modem port, a 10/100 Ethernet port, 2 PC card slots, a SD card slot and a 15-inch XGA screen.
You also can order it configured with different features: from a Celeron to a 2 GHz Pentium M processor, 30-60 MB hard drive, up to 2 GB of memory, 802.11a, b or 802.11g WiFi, Bluetooth, a more powerful standard battery, a DVD burner and a SXGA+ screen with 1400 by 1050 resolution.
I know we've had the ability to run Linux on laptops for years now (My first laptop in 1999 I installed Red Hat 6 on.) This however sounds like a needed step before we start seeing Linux in the mainstream.