Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th May 2008 17:40 UTC
Windows Last week, we reported on a peculiar price difference in Australia between the Linux and Windows versions of the Asus Eee PC 900, the new model in the Eee line. The Windows model was 50 USD cheaper than the Linux model - the Linux model did have a bigger hard drive, but interestingly, the version with the smaller hard drive was not available as a Linux machine. This gave rise to speculation that Microsoft had been putting pressure on Asus to favour Windows XP over Linux. It appears Microsoft's assault in this segment of the market goes deeper than just Asus and the Eee alone.
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Hardware limits
by Knuckles on Tue 13th May 2008 08:08 UTC
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The problem with this is that the manufacturers will not exceed the stipulated hardware limits, so that they can still ship windows, so all these pc's will be artificially limited by microsoft's position.

This is a bit like sata optical drives: they had some problems with xp, so for years we didn't have them, but when vista came out they finally started appearing everywhere, and now they're very common and dirt-cheap like IDE drives before them.

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