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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Odd
by danieldk on Thu 5th Feb 2009 22:21 UTC
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It's kinda odd, because ASUS recently emphasized that Europeans tend to buy more Linux Eee PCs than consumers from other continents. There's either flawed market research, or HPs Linux offering did not attract as many buyers than that of ASUS.

Of course, in the end it's all question and demand. We can scream foul, talk about people's addictions, etc. But only building a better system than the competition with innovative features is how you could potentially convince consumers. Most of the Linux distributions included with netbooks aren't really impressive. So, why would people switch for nearly the same price?

Edited 2009-02-05 22:23 UTC

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