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[3]: HP is absolutely right
by Liquidator on Fri 6th Feb 2009 15:27 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: HP is absolutely right"
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That doesn't really matter, since you can usually go to a vendor's website and download whatever Windows drivers you need

Yes, on hardware vendors websites you find Windows drivers, but very seldom Linux drivers (except ASUS and nVidia maybe). This is what is important: Having drivers available for your hardware; and hardware vendors hardly ever support Linux. If Linux doesn't support your peripheral out of the box, you're pretty much out of luck. Not to mention the difficulty installing and debugging the installation of a driver on Linux compared to the seemless trouble-free installation of drivers on Windows.

Linux users have to admit it.

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