Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 14:28 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has struck back at claims made by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc about Windows' success in netbooks compared to Linux. Most of the claims made by LeBlanc are refuted quite accurately by Canonical's Chris Kenyon in a blog post titled "Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market".
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RE[3]: Comment by jpobst
by darknexus on Thu 9th Apr 2009 15:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by jpobst"
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Given that netbooks are available in both Windows and Linux varieties, I find it hard to believe that a significant number of people would buy the Windows one over the Linux one so they could wipe it and put Linux on it.

Uh, have you looked at the specs of most Linux netbooks versus their Windows counterparts lately? The Linux versions, when you can find them, typically have less built-in hardware and a small ssd rather than a standard hd, and typically these cheap ssds they use are dirt slow. Also, consider a netbook like the Asus EEE PC 1000HE. I'd dare to say that, right now, that's the best Atom-based netbook on the market and, of course, it only comes with Windows though it is as compatible with Linux as any other EEE model. Why would I settle for a lesser configuration when I could just buy the Windows one--at the same price, mind you--and install my preferred Linux on it? I'm not going to settle for lower quality hardware just so I can get a Linux netbook, especially seeing as I'll just end up replacing the supplied Linux in most cases anyway? If I'm going to reinstall, I might as well buy the model I really want and install the os I really want to use.

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