NZ not part of HP Linux push

New Zealand and Australia have been left out of HP's plan to bundle Linux with its desktop PCs in 12 Asian countries.

New Zealand and Australia have been left out of HP’s plan to bundle Linux with its desktop PCs in 12 Asian countries.

Last week HP announced that PCs with TurboLinux and OpenOffice.org pre-installed would go on sale in China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

However, the offer won’t be extending to New Zealand or Australia, because, HP NZ spokesman Ken Erskine says, the demand isn’t there.

“We offer Linux as a special build in New Zealand, through our channel partners.”

If the partner is building a Linux solution for the customer, they’ll install the appropriate version of Linux, he says.

“We can offer it if the customer wants it, but the demand isn’t there for any one product to be part of our product line.”

So far there have been “less than a handful” of orders for pre-installed Linux on HP PCs here, Erskine says.

TurboLinux is a Japanese variant of Linux, based on RedHat but which has evolved independently for some time.

TurboLinux 10 desktop, the version to be installed with the HP PCs, is one of the first Linux distributions to go on sale that will include the recently released Linux 2.6 kernel.

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