HP may have begun taking orders for the HP Mini 2140 netbook this week, but it looks like you’ll have to wait another month or so before you can get the sexiest version of the new laptop. HP plans to offer some models with a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel, 10.1 inch display. But right now the only units available come with 1024 x 576 pixel screens.
Several Liliputing readers called HP to ask about the higher resolution displays and were told that HP won’t be offering the new screens for at least another month. On the bright side, it appears that customers who don’t want to pay for Windows can order the HP Mini 2140 with SUSE Linux instead, which should save you around $50. There’s no Linux option available on the company’s web site yet, but you may be able to talk a sales rep into offering you a version with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop if you make a phone call.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with HP’s implementation of SUSE Linux on the HP 2133 Mini-Note, but it’s possible that the OS runs better on the HP Mini 2140 thanks to its new hardware. The original HP netbook had a VIA C7-M processor while the newer one uses an Intel Atom CPU. Of course, you could also just order a netbook running SUSE and replace it with your own operating system of choice.