In a sign that HP could be almost ready to start shipping the Linux version of the HP Mini 1000 netbook, the company has made a modest change to the information on its website. Where the HP Mini 1000 with Linux used to be branded as the “MIE Edition” with HP’s custom “Mobile Internet Experience” operating system, HP is now advertising the HP Mini 1000 “Mi Edition.”

The Mobile Internet software is a custom version of Linux built on top of Ubuntu. The goal is to make Linux easy to use for non-techies. HP isn’t the first company to have this thought. Asus uses a custom version of Xandros Linux for Eee PCs with big icons for the most frequently used applications, and Acer uses a version of Linpus Linux Lite for the Acer Aspire One line. But HP’s software has a sleek, multimedia-friendly look to it.

Xavier at Notebooks.com posted a video showing some of the features of the HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition back in October.

via Portable Monkey

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4 replies on “HP rebrands Mobile Internet Experience as “Mi””

  1. Do you know if existing HP1000 users will be able to install this HP Mi software in lieu of the WinXP that the HP1000 shipped with to date?

    1. Wayan,

      HP is trying to seperate the Mini 1000 and the Mini Mi by things other than the OS, but hardware wise, they are essentially identical. If you can get a copy of the OS from them, it should install nicely on any existing Mini 1000 or Compaq 700 model.

      Getting it from them might be tricky though. But, I think legally they’re required to give up the goods under the Ubuntu licensing agreement. We’ll see how that goes!

  2. Something about the HP 1000: I’ve seen it in a local in my city, but the model name was strange: 1010LA, and it has a 8.9″ screen and windows xp, and it has two labels in chinese, and sells at more than U$S700. The Acer Aspire One sells at over U$S550, the LG X110 (with 3G modem integrated) at U$S650 and the EEE PC 701 4G sells at near U$S450-U$S500. Oh, the MSI Wind is priced at U$S700 and a similar device branded ‘Bangho’ sells for a bit less and Windows Vista Starter (don’t know why they choose that :S)

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