HP Compaq nx5000
Fortunately, for our ability to test HP's Linux support, we found one thing that didn't work—the front-panel volume and mute buttons. We got through to a Linux support person quickly, but the nx5000 he had seemed not to have the same load as the review unit, and the solution that got the review unit working didn't work for him. The solution was to run LinEAK, which was installed but not running in our KDE session.
Finally, right before we sent the laptop back, one person was able to get the nx5000 to lock up twice in one day simply by editing a file with Vim in a Konsole window. Ctrl-Alt-Backspace wouldn't work to kill X, and we weren't able to duplicate the problem.
With the nx5000, HP gets closer than anyone has yet to a general-purpose business PC running Linux. If you want to make your company's Linux desktop migration a treat of working in café and enjoying media instead of a chore, get one to evaluate. Dorm-room or small-apartment dwellers can consider this as a good main computer and entertainment system.
Don Marti is Editor in Chief of Linux Journal.
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