Those are the words from Keith Holtham, the account manager for Asus at Microsoft Australia. And what do they mean? In Australia, the Windows XP version of the new Asus Eee PC 900 will be considerably cheaper than its Linux counterpart. The XP Eee PC does have a smaller hard disk than the Linux version (12GB compared to 20GB). The price difference? USD 599 for the XP version, USD 649 for the Linux version.
The other important tidbit is that the Linux version will be available at "computer resellers", and the Windows version at "selected retailers". According to APCMag, this adds to the impression that "Linux is now the poor cousin" when it comes to the Asus Eee PC.
Asus' product manager in Australia Albert Liang said that "Microsoft has been a longstanding supporter of Asus". Has Microsoft put pressure on Asus to promote XP over Linux?