HP has denied recent rumors regarding a secret "Skunk Works" operation aimed at developing their own OS to replace Vista. They believe the rumors were confused with a plan to develop a custom touch-enabled UI for their upcoming Touchsmart notebooks ahead of Windows 7. [Electronista]
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Returned my HP notebook after <1 week use - can't stand how completely cheesy and plastic-y that $1,5000 notebook and how much crapware HP loads onto it. Now using a ThinkPad and is *MUCH* happier.
Lenovo also did the Linux option and that was a complete disaster - lots of returns and such. People (consumer) think they can handle *nix (I am an Unix admin, Windows architect and a security professional), but sadly, they can't. Same experiment performed at WalMart and similar results. Strip the GUI away from OSX or replace that with KDE or Gnome and see what will happen. I am just waiting to see the implosion of this HP project and the corporate heads that will be rolling from this. It will be amusing.