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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"Without Linux microsoft would never have.." What a load of bull. You mean without Snow Leopard Microsoft would never have modified windows vista. Microsoft couldn't give a crap about Linux market share right now. It's not growing at the moment at an appreciable rate. Apple is more of a threat. I use Linux every day as my desktop OS and I realise 90% of people can't use this software. Too much is broken, if you have any previous investment in windows applications too much is going to be missing/broken on your linux install.

Your mum will switch back to windows when she realises half the dirt cheapware/free cds/dvds don't work on the platform. Sure you think it's a good thing because techies hate crapware but a lot of people like that stuff. Things like that screensaver dvd bought in Africa not working are going to turn people off the platform.

Casual/hardcore gamers are pretty obvious as to why they'll jump ship. Not enough game support. It's good but still requires console to make them load. As long as people are using wine game.exe and it's not being hidden by distros and supported by filemanagers (supporting .ico and reading the icons from the .exe files not using stupid tricks like wine's converting icons to xpm.) and binfmt_misc it's going to remain a problem.

People like accountants won't touch it because they have to have Microsoft Office. Not openoffice, not any other software but Microsoft office. They also need some accounting software most/all of which would be glitchy in wine. They can't afford to have glitches so they won't use them.

This is basically why my parents and sister (accountant) do not use Linux and possibly never will. Also investment in existing windows platform use is another factor. I see people moving to reactos years before they move to Linux.

Edited 2009-02-06 00:54 UTC

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