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 in it for the money
by unoengborg on Fri 6th Feb 2009 00:51 UTC
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Perhaps they got a hilareously good price from Microsoft on XP, and they still can sell for a few euros more because it has XP, and everybody knows that Microsft software is expensive.

Also, We have to realize that Linux is not without cost for HP, as they will have to provide support for it. Having support teams that can handle both XP and Linux may have proven too expensive.

The fact the HP now, stops selling Linux tells us little of what the customrs really wants, just that HP will make more money this way. Of course Microsoft would like us to think that HP does this on public demand, but that's another matter.

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