Twin Offers from HP to Boost Small Businesses with Linux Desktops and Virtualization

HP is going to boost the Linux presence for small business and corporate customers. They will introduce SUSE desktop Enterprise Linux from Novell by means of integrating the software with HP Compaq dc585. The desktop will cost $519 and will be available from Dec 16.

HP said it will offer SUSE’s desktop Linux that comes with tightly integrated application, including OpenOffice.org, web browser, multimedia tools, and email, collaboration and instant messaging software. HP’s desktop Linux offering will carry about the same software as with Dell Notebook.

HP also planned to launch virtualization software for small business. HP Virtual Solution was developed with Symantec and Mozilla. The solution uses Mozilla Firefox with a Symantec Software Virtualization Solution layer.

As customers surf the web, changes made to the PC are contained in a “virtual layer,” separate from the operating system, and do not permanently alter the machine. Customers can therefore reset the browser as needed, instantly returning the PC to its last-known good state.

Source: ZDNet

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