The HP 2133 Mini-Note comes in a variety of configurations, but the cheapest version running Windows Vista starts at $599, while you can pick up a version running OpenSUSE Linux for $499 or $549. But to date, every review I’ve seen on the web has looked at the Vista unit.
I ordered an OpenSUSE model which should hopefully arrive this weekend. But after reading the comments of one Notebook Review forum member who has already received his, I’m starting to get a little worried.
I’m not particularly familiar with OpenSUSE, but if it’s package manager is anything like the one in Ubuntu, I’m guessing all you need to do is remove the DVD from the list of available repositories to solve that problem. But the freezups and problems with the Toolbox are not promising. And I’m still kind of disappointed to see that HP has no official support documents or downloads for this model.
If I can repartition the hard drive without destroying OpenSUSE, my first order of business may be to install Ubuntu, Windows XP, or another operating system. I’m a little bit wary of overwriting the default OS altogether, since there’s no guaranty that the drivers will be supported under the other operating systems.
All of which is to say, it’s starting to look like it might be worth spending the extra $50 to $100 to get the Vista model if you’re not an advanced computer user. And maybe even then.