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]: Addiction
by gustl on Fri 6th Feb 2009 10:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Addiction"
gustl
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No, it's because linux as a desktop, still doesn't match the (now) well running/well oiled XP!


I think it's partly right what you say, but only partly.

The Linux distros you get on Netbooks usually are extremely dumbed-down.
Lots of work has gone into these Distributions to make them foolproof, but in the wrong direction foolproof.

When I bought my Aspire One, I had to find out, that I cannot do "whole directory tree" ftp upload with the software pre-installed on it.
With a normal distro, this would not be an issue. Just install one of the 10 ftp-programs out there, and everything is fine. Every computer-novice can do it with the graphical package management software available. But not with those braindead-distros, where you cannot easily install one single additional application without having to go through console typing.

When you get the same hardware with WinXP, you have exactly the same functionality available as on a standard desktop install, with exactly the same ways to add functionality to the netbook as on a desktop.
THAT is the real reason why people buy XP on Netbooks - because the Linux variants are seriously made less usable, and unnecessarily so.

It is NOT a problem of the average desktop Linux distribution, it is a problem of those companies not understanding what customers REALLY want.

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