Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2008 23:23 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "After the incredible success of the Asus Eee PC, other manufacturers are ready to get their piece of the pie. This means that within the next few months we are going to see this segment go from just two devices - the Eee PC and the Nanobook (which has yet to come out in the U.S. but which we have been hearing about for some time) - to many more." Another article on the Eee says: "Five of the 10 best-selling notebooks, including the top three models this weekend do not run Windows or Mac OS X. In fact, they are different models of the same diminutive notebook the Asus Eee PC - that runs on Linux."
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Take the eeePC out of the box, turn it on and (VERY few seconds later) BAM, there's a complete, fully working office suite and a lot more useful software. This cannot be easily done with XP (let alone with Vista), and that's because of more than one reason:

One is that the Windows OS itself will eat through all the available resources (and then more) and works as sh!t in that small screen.

Other is that Windows *itself* costs a lot of money compared to the price of the eeePC. $50 for XP is quite a lot in such an inexpensive device; but how much would it be for XP, MS Office, antivirus, etcetera? Certainly way more than the cost for the whole eeePC with a Linux distro.

Windows + free software won't do either against the eeePC. While most or many of the eeePC's apps are possibly available for Windows, there's no chance that MS will allow all that free software to be preinstalled for free, especially OpenOffice. And the choose-download-install cycle to get all that working is a huge pain in the butt, especially for inexperienced people, compared to the simple out of the box experience of the eeePC.

In all, Microsoft is needs to be extremely imaginative to compete with this, or relax its prices and conditions way beyond they have ever done before.


Just on the bit in bold, there is another reason why Windows + free software won't do ... and that is because the EeePC already comes pre-installed with OS + exact same free software.

Why go to all the trouble and risk of wiping the OS, then installing Windows and the re-installing the same applications (this time as Windows apps)? It would take ages to do, and you would have to locate, download and install all the applications separately, and you would end up ... more or less exactly in the same place you already had when you first switched on the PC ... except that now you have Windows, you are now vulnerable to viruses & malware (where you weren't before), so now you will also have to download an anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall applications (possibly costing you money, but certainly costing you time) as well and thereby kill your EeePC's performance.

Installing Windows (any variant) + free software on an EeePC-like machine is most decidedly doing a lot of work to go backwards.

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