HP releases Ubuntu loaded machines in 1,500 stores in China

Ubuntu’s retail presence has grown again as HP brings a range of laptops pre-installed with a Chinese-centric version of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to over 1,500 of its stores across all major cities in China.

Consumers in China will now be able to purchase HP laptops running Ubuntu directly from stores, where they will also find information packs and marketing materials to help with their purchase.  Over 4,000 in-store sales staff have also been trained to use and demo Ubuntu to help explain the benefits. The available laptops will be HP’s stunning Pavillion G14 and G15 models. The laptops will be priced starting at 3,799CNY and will include between 500 GB and 1 TB of storage, fast, powerful and visually immersive processing power as well as DVD drive, wi-fi and six cell batteries. The laptops will be on sale at stores from 16 September.

HP Pavillion with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu is now an easy choice for consumers, with a clean, crisp elegant interface, an exceptional browsing experience and a fully-integrated software center for applications and games (both free and paid for). It also includes leading services such as the Ubuntu music store and the Ubuntu One cloud storage service built-in.


  • 1,500 stores is impressive!

    just for size comparison to some American tech stores:
    RadioShack: 7,300 stores globally
    BestBuy: 1,150 stores globally

    So, having retail presence in 1,500 stores is *huge*. Ubuntu merchandise and 4,000 trained sales staff is pretty awesome.

    way to go! :)

  • Great shot, Canonical!! You have made a great in road for the developing market. I wish that you guys look towards India as well, as it has great potential for growth..