Linked by Quentin Hartman on Mon 14th Jul 2008 09:58 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Linux So you thought Linux was the key to the Eee PC's success? Not so, according to ASUS. "The bulk of the requests and requirements we see in the marketplace are for the model with Windows rather than Linux," says Henry Lee, Acer's senior product manager. "It's a give and take between simplicity of usage for the masses versus full customisation. The Linux version is really only to use exactly what is provided, and someone in the know can easily remove what's been installed. But consumers are accustomed to the Windows environment, and the Windows version will be a stronger player eventually." Editor's Note: More broadly, this piece examines whether the popularity of the Eee and its Linux-bearing cousins will be sustained, or if they will ultimately get beaten out in the netbook space by Windows-based versions. What do you think?
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One manufacturer with a "non-tame" Linux distribution on a UMPC would invalidate every single attempted point made by that article.

The problems that the article lists for the ASUS EEEPC are due to it's use of Xandros as the base distribution ... they are not due to the use of Linux per se.

The Acer Aspire One uses a variant of Fedora called Linpus Linux Lite ... it is yet to be seen if that will cause a similar problem for the Acer Aspire One (I doubt it, because unlike Xandros Fedora has no limiting deal with Microsoft, but we shall see).

The Acer Aspire One with Linux beats the EEEPC with XP hands down in this head-to-head comparison, for example:

However, I am waiting for the Dell E to come out. Indications are that the Dell E will use Ubuntu and let you install whatever you want from the vast Ubuntu repositories.

If that is the case ... then the quoted article will not have a leg to stand on.

PS: As for the article's claim that the XP versions of ULCPCs are out-selling Linux versions ... there are other sources of "sales popularity" that give a very different picture to that:

Edited 2008-07-14 11:03 UTC

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