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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Poulsbo Chipset?
by bornagainenguin on Fri 6th Feb 2009 16:35 UTC
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Is it possible the reason this is happening is due to Linux hostile Poulsbo chipset in the next revision of the Atom motherboard used in most of these netbooks? See: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzAyOQ

On Slashdot the comments there indicate this is a result of Intel having licensed features from PowerVR and the resulting need for binary blobs to run decently.

Of course, my inner conspiracy theorist has me wondering if this is all intentional on Intel's part, recall how unhappy they professed to be a few months ago with the canabalization of their more expensive lines. Then again that was before it became clear the Atom was driving the compant's profits this past year, so...

Still, I maintain one of the biggest selling points of these devices has been how well they can run Linux and whether or not they will remain popular without Linux support is a debatable question in my mind at least.

--bornagainpenguin

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