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 Jinx101 on Sun 8th Feb 2009 23:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Addiction"
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Meh, if I wanted to use a desktop that looked like it belonged in 1998 I'd probably still choose Windows 98 over Linux. Linux has failed to deliver to the masses. It's complicated for the average user who can't even figure out how to install most programs. You want marker share, you'll have to learn to deal with those users.

Further, the Linux community is extremly disjointed unlike the Windows and Mac communities. There's much internal bickering about which distrobution is the best and there isn't even a shared experience with the desktop since there are so many flavors out there (Oh, you use KDE, I'm on Gnome).

All of that coupled with the average smug, insulting poster turns most people away from even thinking about trying Linux. Linux has made strides, but it's not there yet (for the desktop.. for the server it's a whole 'nuther story).

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