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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by bystander on Sat 7th Feb 2009 03:15 UTC
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I would suggest there was some pretty intense lobbying by MS behind the scenes at HP.I would suggest also MS are concerned not to see their traditional markets being invaded by Linux...

Presume for the moment that Linux became more popular and demand for MS OS n died away. MS are almost certainly anticipating this and might even have offered to license MS products at a huge discount to computer manufacturers.

Should this notion of not shipping Linux loaded kit to Europe extend to other manufacturers then it may not be unreasonable to suggest it was MS's market research that prompted the discontinuation of Linux kit to Europe, LOL.

I appreciate the sentiments expressed hitherto but I prefer to believe it's a business decision in the interests of the manufacturers, not us, and given the global economic depression MS need every sale they can make.

I should imagine the notion of "free" software escaping into the marketplace is the stuff of nightmares for MS and shareholders.

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