In Ireland You Can Buy an HP With KDE?

*Note: A few readers have pointed out the true nature of this site.  On the surface it is a computer retailer/warehouse.  In fact, it’s an Internet flea market of things.  Soft of like Craigslist meets eBay.


While browsing a popular computer retailer in Ireland, Jonathon Riddell (the big boss man over at Kubuntu) found a few rather compelling deals, all running the distro we all know him for.  The retailer is, and they are selling more than one model for HP laptop pre-loaded with the trusty (no pun intended) operating system.  Here is what they have on offer!

Homely, but functional!

HP ProBook 6550b Laptop

Price:  €300 ($508.43 US)

  • Intel Core i5-450M Processor (2.40 GHz, 35W, 3 MB L3 cache)
  • Mobile Intel QM57 Graphics
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 540v with 512 MB dedicated video memory
  • 15.6-inch LED Display (1600 x 900)
  • DisplayPort output
  • 4 GB DDR3 (Upgradeable to 8 GB)

The AMD switchable graphics in this one is a big turn-off for me, but then again I’ve never used this particular configuration so it may run great!

ThinkPad, are you there? It’s your brother from another mother.

HP Compaq 6510b Business Laptop

Price: €140 ($237.27)

  • Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7300 (2.00 GHz, 4 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
  • Mobile Intel GM965 Graphics
  • 14.1-inch display (1280 x 800 resolution)
  • 3 GB DDR2 SDRAM (667 MHz) (upgraded from native 1 GB)

This one is a bit more modest, but that seems to be reflected in the price.

After browsing the site a little further, I was able to find a couple of other laptop (Samsung, Acer) pre-loaded with standard Ubuntu.  We’re not really sure how they choose which OS to load on each laptop, but this is certainly the first time I’ve ever seen a laptop advertised with Kubuntu on it.

To be fair, ZaReason will happily sell you a laptop or desktop pre-loaded with Kubuntu.  However, they are not advertised that way and it is presented as a configuration option only.

Are these good values?  Are they worth it?  How do they compare to the prices you would expect in Ireland or the UK?  Sound off in the comments.

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Via | Kubuntu Wire


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.
  • Clay Weber

    Just to note, these are *used* laptops; they don’t even look like refurbs, sold by someone on an ebay- or craigslist-like website. Not knocking the OS choice, though 😀

  • Joe Giles

    If you use the “Bread Crumbs” to go back one and then drop down the OS selection and select Linux, there are 14 listed.

    Pretty cool site. Looks like some kind of consignment or “Craig’s List” type site though. Not a retailer…

  • Eddie O’Connor

    Although I support Linux to the ultimate. I don’t think I would buy these, I don’t know the seller, and I’m not in a position to slander or speak down about anyone. I just know that cost and princing aside, I prefer to get my equipment from places with more accountability should something go wrong. (I’m reminded of the story about ther person who ordered an iPad and got ROCKS in their shipment….and yes….they ordered it off of eBay! will chime in along with everyone else and say it’s awesome that they’re shipping Kubuntu out ot the masses, if I ever get the venture capital I would start a chain of Linux-oriented hardware for the Office-Datacenter-Home that would be moderately priced and chock-full of specs!…LoL! Imagine how fast a “white-box” server would be with 32GB of RAM…..a 1TB HDD…..and Kubuntu 64bit running on it?