Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jun 2008 22:08 UTC, submitted by TLZ_
Hardware, Embedded Systems Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and netbooks. The company is already heavily promoting Linux for its low cost ultra-portable netbook range out later this year, but senior staff have said that Acer will also push Linux on its laptops. Acer has already started selling Linux in its Media PC business but this should now spread, according to Gianpiero Morbello, vice president of marketing and brand at Acer. "We have shifted towards Linux because of Microsoft," he said. "Microsoft has a lot of power and it is going to be difficult, but we will be working hard to develop the Linux market."
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RE: Comment by moleskine
by Zaitch on Thu 5th Jun 2008 12:20 UTC in reply to "Comment by moleskine"
Zaitch
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I'm suspicious of quite a lot of the Linux noise around these new "laptots". You'd think that if some of the hardware companies - many of them big names - behind these new machines were really serious, they'd be using solid and well-known distros. Instead they are using no-name stuff and home-brew. It's hardly a vote of confidence in Red Hat/Fedora, SuSE, Mandriva or Ubuntu all of whom have topnotch, tried and tested desktop offerings.


You are right in what you say - all these distros are great

But what happens when (say) ubuntu upgrades from 8.04 to 9.xx? When all those acer "laptot" users click "upgrade my distribution" and it has some flaw that renders it inoperable on all those laptots?

Acer suddenly is faced with a support nightmare across tens of thousnads of users and horrific bad press, and the majority of these will be casual users without a clue how to fix it -> call Acer, who may not even be able to do anything once the damage is done.

that is why they won't trust their name to an external entity, no matter how good it is right now, they want confidence and testing on their own distro they control.

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