FreeDOS/Ubuntu on HP laptops?
bret at busby.net
Mon Oct 17 17:58:02 UTC 2005
On Mon, 17 Oct 2005, roach wrote:
> Anybody manage to get their hands on one of these yet? I've tried - but can't.
> You're suppost to be able to order one of the listed laptops, with FreeDOS
> pre-installed and a custom version of Ubuntu on CD.
> Nothing on HP's site, HP Customer Services knows nothing and they don't
> respond to my emailed queries.
> Robert "roach" Spencer
> South Africa
I don't know of the specific offer, however, after reading a review of a
previous offer, whereby in the USA, the HP NX5000 laptop could be
purchased with SUSE Linux installed (thus, the laptop appeared to be
Linux-compatible), we bought an HP NX5000 for me. Whilst the laptop had
WinXP installed (I wanted a dual-boot, anyway, for a particular
Windows-based genealogy application), we installed Linux on it.
Initially, a problem arose with the installation of Debian Sarge (when
it was testing), to do with an interrupt conflict between the network
card and the WiFi device, but that was resolved by performing an install
with Ubuntu 5.04, which breezed through the installation. Unfortunately,
some problem arose with the Ubuntu installation (if my memory was
correct, it was something to do with being unable to install PINE), so
we installed Debian Sarge on the laptop, to dual-boot, and that appears
to run okay. If my memory is correct, the problem with Ubuntu and PINE,
was to do with PINE requiring older libraries than were present in
Anyway, Ubuntu 5.04 should install okay on a standard HP NX5000 laptop,
from our experience.
The HP NX5000 laptop is a relatively cheap laptop system, and, given the
ease of installation of Ubuntu 5.04, there should not be any justifiable
reason why a person on this list, cannot simply purchase an HP NX5000
and install Ubuntu 5.04 (or, even 5.10) on the laptop, without any
And, apparently, the HP NX5000/SUSE Linux pre-installed system, involved
custom components in the laptop, making it SUSE-compatible, but my
standard, HP NX5000/WinXP system, runs okay as a dual bootable system
with Debian Sarge, and Ubuntu 5.04 apparently installed okay on it.
So, you should be able to buy an HP NX5000 and install Ubuntu 5.04, if
not 5.10, on it, as a dual boot system. Details relating to the NX5000
and Debian, that I had read, should be able to be found by searching
using google, and "Linux" and "NX5000" as keywords, to find the reviews.
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