Hewlett-Packard has dropped Linux as a UK operating system for its latest range of netbooks.
Linux is being offered as an option for HP's latest HP Mini 1000 netbook series in the US and other countries, but not in the UK.
Netbooks are the main growth area in the European PC market, with most PC makers relying on either Windows XP or various versions of Linux to drive them.
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The idea is that XP and Linux are cheaper to pre-install on the machines and their streamlined systems are ideal for basic web tasks such as webmail and basic internet surfing.
HP said XP was chosen to address the needs of the UK market and its consumers. It said it will not offer Linux in "quite a few European markets".