Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Feb 2009 21:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Netbooks have been heralded as the foot in the door for Linux. With the launch of the earliest Eee PC models, Asus made a bold move by only offering them with Linux pre-installed; Microsoft soon responded by working with Asus to bring Windows XP to the next generation Eee PCs. Since then, Windows XP gained market share in the netbook segment rapidly, casting doubts over whether or not netbooks would really turn out to be that foot in the door. HP has today announced that its new HP Mini 1000 netbook will not be available with Linux pre-installed in Europe.
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HP is absolutely right
by rakamaka on Thu 5th Feb 2009 22:20 UTC
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What is the price diff betn XP vs linux preinstalled netbook? maybe 20-40$. And HP or any other mfg is in business of selling more and more netbooks to gain more and more profits.
Why would customer purchase linux netbook where HP cannot guarantee that all peripherals like digicam, scanner, printer, wireless etc will work flawlessly on linux netbook.
Whereas customer will happily pay 20-40$ more to have peace of mind about working peripherals.
And fanboys creates ghost of virus etc etc. But XP with freeware, yes it is freeware like firefox, AVG, zonealarm, spywareblaster, openoffice, spybot installed garuanteed to be as safe as linux distro.
You get double benefits with XP netbook, 1) almost all of peripherals will work and 2) with above listed freeware your comp is safe. 3) no headachecs of spending hours to tweak printer and scanner and camera and Wireless card...
get some more family /personal life for cost of $20-40...Good for me Good for you

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