Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st May 2009 10:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Back when the whole netbook thing started, Asus was king of the hill with a focus on netbooks with Linux pre-installed. Since they were kind of popular, it didn't take Microsoft long to start working together with Asus to 'port' Windows XP to the Asus line of netbooks, and with that, to other netbooks as well. The result was that Linux netbooks are now harder to find for many people. While Dell committed itself to Linux on netbooks, Asus has decided to just skip the first date and jump right into bed with Microsoft.
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RE: Our products now suck less...
by h3rman on Sun 31st May 2009 11:16 UTC in reply to "Our products now suck less..."
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Agreed, but let's not forget that Asus loaded its EeePCs with Xandros from the very start. Xandros is not coincidentally a Microsoft-approved vendor. Few people realized that from every EeePC sold, Microsoft profited too because of its Xandros deal.
In any case, bye bye Asus. Since Dell has finally started to sell Ubuntu mini laptops in the Netherlands too now I'd kindly refer any Dutch people hanging around here to Dell, or of course, the Lemote Yeeloong. :-)
Dell seems to be less dependent of, or screwable by, Microsoft in this respect.
But as for all the other vendors, it'll only get more interesting as the Android thing comes up. And with American and European purchasing power dramatically declining, the margins on those netbook machines will only drop further. So if Microsoft wants to stop cannibalising its consumer market Vista sales (i.e., on the "regular" hardware sales) it has to come up with more than just this. :-)

Edited 2009-05-31 11:31 UTC

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