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 google_ninja on Fri 6th Feb 2009 04:07 UTC in reply to "RE: HP is absolutely right"
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Not to troll or anything, but after installing the windows 7 beta, my wifi worked out of the box. Installing fedora 10, it didn't. Intel 5100 a/g/n. Better then the previous fedora, which choked on formatting my drive at install. And while Intrepid mostly works (with everything important anyways), I spent many, many hours getting WPA2 authentication working in hardy, which was only topped by the amount of time I spent getting VMWare networking to work (absolutely essential for any os I use full time)

Just because you haven't had any problems in five years doesn't mean anyone else hasn't. I tend to keep my hardware up to date, and have repeatedly run into issues in linux because of it. I couldnt even count amount of time I have spent in the last five years troubleshooting linux issues. Sure, it is mostly a hobby thing for me, and I enjoy digging deep into UNIX, so it has been mostly fun. But if you have been fine for the past five years, you have either been extremely lucky, or just not upgraded your hardware.

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