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Postby perring » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:49 pm

I would like to order an "HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3" and install linux on it. Unlike the lenovo laptop, I don't see any option to order a it with a DOS operating system. Isn't DOS available for HP laptop ?

Thanks for your help,

Gael Perrin
Postby simon-ses » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:26 pm
Hi Gael,

Unfortunately it is not possible to get the HP EB x360 1030 G3 without WIndows preload. (We tried to get HP to make an exception for us, but it wasn't possible.)

Best regards,

ps.. I'm not sure if you will be able to properly run Linux on the EB x360 1030 (it isn't certified for Ubuntu and from what I find in the internet i'm not very confident). I will ask for test results and post an update as soon as I get it.
Postby perring » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:24 pm
Dear Simon,

Thanks a lot for the prompt reply !

It would be very informative if you let me know about the test results. If linux is not working properly on this machine, I will go for a lenovo laptop instead.


Postby simon-ses » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:22 am
Hi Gael,

I just received the report on the Linux tests. Here the general results for HP:

HP's current devices are a mixed bag: Some work great with Linux, while some
still have some problems. The EliteBook x360 1030 G3 and 840 G5 have very good
support, with no significant problems. (Some of the minor function keys don’t work, like the microphone on/off toggle switch.)

The EliteBook 735 G5, equipped with an AMD CPU and graphics unit, was unable to
boot Linux in our testing. While Linux support will likely improve in the
future, it dubious right now.

The big workstation devices ZBook Studio G5 and 1050 G1 have dedicated graphics
chips, which often means that Linux support is not quite as good. However,
using the proprietary NVIDIA driver works fine for both devices. One problem
they have is that the we could not get the touchpad working for our test. This
is likely due to the devices being very new and not perfectly supported yet. It
is expected these issues will be resolved at some point in the future, but
right now it is still a problem.

The fingerprint readers do not work on the HPs just like what we have seen with
the Lenovos.

If you need help with running Linux on a Neptun laptop you can get in touch with the Alternative. They have tested with our laptops: https://thealternative.ch/

Best regards,
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