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[5]: HP is absolutely right
by spiderman on Fri 6th Feb 2009 13:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: HP is absolutely right"
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Because another 30-40$ on a 400$ machine to be able to use an os that is familiar to Joe is typically worth the relatively small overhead. The thing with Joe is that he hates having to spend any time learning anything he doesn't have to about computers, so the more familiar the the better, and if 40$ saves the hours he has already spent getting comfortable with windows, there is no reason for him not to pay it.

Exactly and if he adds $50, he can have a bigger screen that will save him one hour configuring those stupid applications to work with small screen and learning F11 on Firefox. If he adds another $50, he can have a phone support and save some more hours learning to use his computer. If he adds another $50, he might have a course on computers that will save him more time learning by himself. If he adds another $50, he can pay someone to write his emails instead of learning how to use email software. But then for that price plus another $50, he can hire a secretary and save some hours learning and stuff. If you add a lot of $50, even can even stop working and have a staff of people learning and doing the work for him.

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