Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 21st Aug 2009 08:49 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems, home of cheap netbooks, sent us in the HP 1120NR netbook, running a modified version of Ubuntu Linux. Check inside to read our experience with it.
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RE[2]: Crippled...
by jibadeeha on Fri 21st Aug 2009 12:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Crippled..."
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[q]So it begs the question, why can't these manufacturers work on ubuntu netbook and ship that with the machines instead?

At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, perhaps a better question is: why *don't* these manufacturers work on ubuntu netbook and ship that with the machines instead? If I didn't know any better, I'd think Microsoft was paying them to make sure their Linux offerings look as crippled and useless as is humanly possible. Not just HP either, obviously. A sane person, however, wonders why these manufacturers can't learn from one another's errors. They have intelligent people in charge, as they all got to where they are today, so that only leaves one possibility that I can see... deliberate crippling to promote another product, Windows in this case. Pathetic.

If that was the case then why would HP even bother with Linux on a netbook in the first place, and wouldn't Microsoft pay them not to bother? I think the reality is that XP is too expensive (compared to Linux) for the netbook and Vista is a performance hog, so Linux is a viable alternative to drive down cost of the netbook and indeed XP itself as Microsoft see it as competition.

I doubt companies such as HP intentionally go out of their way to cripple their own products, its more like they want to brand their own version of Linux and offer a compelling user experience that people like me and you would probably mistake for dumbing down the OS. Just my take on things, but not necessarily true.

Edited 2009-08-21 12:45 UTC

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