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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RE[2]: HP is absolutely right
by WorknMan on Fri 6th Feb 2009 02:54 UTC in reply to "RE: HP is absolutely right"
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Linux is more compatible with hardware out of the box than Windows is. If you were to do a fresh install on a computer using Windows and Linux, more things would work with Linux than Windows.

That doesn't really matter, since you can usually go to a vendor's website and download whatever Windows drivers you need. Or if you're really smart, you'd use and have it scan your machine and then let you download whatever you're missing ;)

Anyway, that's not really a relavent discussion for Netbooks, since you'll probably never be gutting them and replacing the inards.

I think what HP and other Netbook vendors should do is give you the option of Windows or no OS at all, and then just make sure all devices work with the latest Linux kernels. The feedback I have read about most of the bundled Linux distros that come with Netbooks have no been so positive, and most people who know how to use Linux will probably just format the hard drive anyway and install their favorite distro.

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