Hewlett-Packard made quite a splash when they announced that they are
Can you please introduce yourself?
My name is Thomas Schneller, Manager Software R&D of the HP EMEA Product Development Center based in Munich.
The KDE desktop contributed to the success of SUSE Linux and HP chose SUSE/KDE for this laptop. What
We used the standard configuration which comes with SUSE Linux which is KDE.
Do you give support for the nx5000 configured with a KDE/Linux configuration?
Yes, there is a 90 days support for the pre-installed Linux software shipped on
Are there any plans for more models supporting Linux?
It depends on the market response to the nx5000 offer. If there is a need for Linux pre-installed
Right now the nx5000 is not available in Europe. Do you have any plans to sell them anywhere other than the US?
It is true; right now the nx5000 is only available in USA. It would have been too much effort to offer it
Will you support people who build device drivers and will you be giving them hardware information?
Yes, we already work with the open source community. As an example have a look at HP & Open Source where several Open Source projects are hosted.
Does power management and the winmodem work on the nx5000 as they do under Microsoft Windows?
Yes, basically all hardware is working. ACPI is fully supported, so hibernating your Linux laptop is
Did you have some problems of getting hardware components to work?
We carefully choose the target platform for that project. We wanted to make sure everything just works.
Will this only work on SUSE or do you have any plans to support more distributions.
Of course other distributions are free to benefit from the work we did. There are plans to distribute BIOS in a Linux-friendly format for selected Models. For the nx5000 this kind of BIOS is still available:
Did you write any additional software for the nx5000 project? Any plans maybe on doing that?
Well any needed software we were looking for was already provided by the SUSE Linux distribution like
Any ideas of working together with KDE developers with this. How about a KControl module
HP will support initiatives which will enrich the desktop experience on our laptops. If you or
Can you tell us about any experiences your customers have with the KDE desktop on these laptops?
Currently it is still a bit early but we are busy collecting feedback from all people who are using these
You sponsored the KDE Conference with these laptops and you even decided to sell some of those laptops at a lower price
HP was an official sponsor of the KDE Conference as we are sponsoring open source events in general. Also we hope
Is there anything else you want to mention?
Yes. Please post your comments below the article. I will read through them and answer any question appearing.
Thank you for answering these questions and also a big thank you for the support HP has given to KDE.