Right now you can pick up an HP Mini-Note in one of 5 configurations. But pretty soon the company will let you mix and match components. Want a 4GB SSD and 2GB of RAM, or a 120GB hard drive and 512MB of RAM? Well, then you’re probably a bit crazy, but you’ll be able to do have your way.

Laptop Magazine interviewed HP Mini-Note product manager Kyle Thornton and asked him about the customization options, and some of the decisions that went into the Mini-Note. Here are a few of the interesting bits:

  • HP chose OpenSUSE over Ubuntu because HP has a strong relationship with Novel, and could get a product out the door quickly.
  • HP hasn’t decided whether future versions of the HP will use the Intel Atom or VIA Isaiah processor, but the company will offer one or the other, not both.
  • The Mini-Note was designed with educational markets in mind, but like the Asus Eee PC, HP expects the tiny laptop to do well with mainstream consumers.

You can read more of Thornton’s thoughts over at the Laptop Magazine blog.

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