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Linux-based HP Mini Mi ships with command line disabled

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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.

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