Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Oct 2008 10:27 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Sunday we reported on an interview with an MSI manager, who stated that internal research had shown that the return rate for the Linux version of MSI's Wind netbook was four times as high as that of the Windows XP version. He claimed that the unfamiliarity of people with Linux was the culprit. This claim sparked some serious discussion around the net, but now MSI's statement is being repeated by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.
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by SarahKH on Wed 8th Oct 2008 02:37 UTC
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Perhaps the problem is, quite simply, people want(ed) dirt cheap 'netbooks' running Windows? They saw the various prices, plunked for the bottom of the range unit and... "What the hell is this?"

It doesn't help that often the accompanying picture/text on a website doesn't show you the screen NOT displaying XP (I spotted one that did, despite it being a Linux machine) nor does the text description explicitly state the thing WON'T come with XP.

I, personally, don't think it reflects on Linux either way to be honest. People wanted X, they didn't want to flash the cash and ended up with Z instead... so they returned it. Or they got burned by not very descriptive descriptions on-line...

Of course, I brought a Asus 701 a while ago, it's running Ubuntu and I'm rather happy with it, but that's me.

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