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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LOL Does nobody else find this funny
by cyclops on Fri 6th Feb 2009 00:21 UTC
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I apologise for talking from a UK standpoint. Walk into any Dixons Group store and there are as many little laptops as there are full size laptops. They all run XP and they are all about £300 or the same PS3 80GB package.

XP shows me that the "netbook" name is a fallacy people want more than the net on these devices they want a computer...a user hackable device.

The Linux on these devices that I have seen although appropriate are not the same as a full blown OS. Desktop Linux is pretty similar to XP for most users.

I have never seen a side by side comparison of netbook with identical specifications showing the price difference of between XP and Linux, and continually wonder why these manufacturers hide the price of the bundling.

I find it hilarious that XP is the option of choice on a massive computing market. XP is running out of time for a variety of reasons. The question should be what will these machines upgrade to, or am I going to pick one up really cheap.

Windows 7 and XP do not allow for touchscreens X already has a surface and will run on cheaper more energy efficient chips. Microsoft has nothing in the sub £100 or even £200 hardware range that competes with this. Desktop Linux may well end up offering more for less, and the killer applications is not Desktop Linux, but the Mobile Firefox+OpenOffice that run on it. Throw in a few casual GPL games and a Movie/Music player and Microsoft cannot compete. You can see major companies like Google and Intel already preparing for this place.

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