Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Linux-based HP Mini Mi ships with command line disabled

Filed under
Linux

Yesterday, while looking through the Comdex news feeds, I stumbled across a Mini Mi 1000 HP product announcement from HP. The Mini Mi retails from just $329.99 and ships with Mobile Internet, a "user-friendly, all-inclusive interface built on Linux". What caught my eye on the product page wasn't the description of the GUI, it was what followed on the next line. Preceded by "Please note" in bold, the HP page states "the Linux command line interface is disabled on this edition."

I contacted HP to ask why it had disabled the Linux command line interface. I am, at least as far as Linux is concerned, almost exclusively a command-line user. For me, the notion that there could be a Linux distribution without command-line access sounded strangely like Heresy.

More Here




More in Tux Machines

Best Android smartphones for work and play: August 2015 edition

There's never been a better time to buy an Android smartphone. Not only is there a huge array of different handsets from a multitude of manufacturers to choose from, but what you get for your money is simply incredible. Read more

A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening

There are multiple lists to be found detailing the ways in which open source is besting—or "eating"—proprietary offerings. But to understand the significance of this, it's useful to return to Andreessen's original argument. They key to his 2011 thesis is that "all of the technology required to transform industries through software finally works and can be widely delivered at global scale." The very characteristics that are allowing software to "eat the world"—a networked world enabling faster innovation, scalability, customization, and collaboration—are the same characteristics that put open source ahead of proprietary. Open source means quality, security, and cost-effectiveness. And, most importantly, it means genuine interoperability to fully enable the networked world. Read more