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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RE[2]: Of course not
by Trenien on Tue 15th Jul 2008 12:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course not"
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They can't do that.

Their business model relies on people believing that things not windows are either very expensive (mac) or completely unuseable by non-geek.

There are cracks in there already, and MS is deadly afraid the next one will be the one that brings everything down.

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