Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Aug 2012 11:15 UTC
Microsoft "'We have said think it over. Think twice', Wang is quoted as saying, 'It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice.' Wang went on to suggest that if Microsoft moves ahead with its tablet plans, the Taiwan-based Acer might replace the software giant as a partner. 'If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?', he is quoted as saying." Or, you could just build stuff that doesn't suck. Just a suggestion, Acer.
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RE[2]: Comment by strim
by Morgan on Tue 7th Aug 2012 22:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by strim"
Morgan
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I'm thinking that they could build a laptop out of components that have open source, Linux-friendly drivers, for one.

I'll give you an example. This very nice Toshiba laptop I'm typing this on is excellent under Windows 7, which it was built for, but I have had the hardest time finding a Linux distro that will recognize all of the hardware on it. The best I've done is Mint, but even then I have to jump through a dozen hoops just to get video working. I wouldn't own this machine if I hadn't gotten it for such a fantastic deal (basically free), and the few things I need Linux for can be done in a VM for now.

Given that every major component manufacturer writes Windows drivers by default, and Acer is making such a stink about not liking Microsoft anymore, I don't see why they wouldn't put the effort into a 100% Linux-friendly laptop. They could still fall back on Windows if it flops in the F/OSS community.

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