Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th May 2008 18:11 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Hardware, Embedded Systems As we all know, the Eee PC, running a modified Xandros, has been a major hit for Asus, and because of that, also a major hit for Linux. The device proved that a computer with a pre-installed Linux distribution can still be s successful machine, and many hoped that this would push Asus and other vendors to produce more computers with Linux pre-installed. This hope could be in vain after all if the new Windows XP-based Eee PC has anything to do with it.
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8GB Flash for $50
by saterdaies on Wed 7th May 2008 20:13 UTC
saterdaies
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2005-07-07

Considering that I can get an 8GB flash card for $50, they're essentially charging $0 for Windows XP - potentially charging more for Linux.

To be honest, this is kinda the problem with the cheap PC movement. Microsoft just realizes that its monopoly is more important than holding to a price. It's why poor countries haven't move to Linux - Microsoft just comes out with a starter edition or something for them.

One of the things that free market economics rests on is not being able to price discriminate. Microsoft seems to be doing its best to get around that so that it can both charge a lot to most people and keep people from charging less in an attempt to break the monopoly.

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RE: 8GB Flash for $50
by gonzo on Wed 7th May 2008 20:58 in reply to "8GB Flash for $50"
gonzo Member since:
2005-11-10

Considering that I can get an 8GB flash card for $50, they're essentially charging $0 for Windows XP - potentially charging more for Linux.


Actually, 8GB SDHC card can be found for less than that. I just checked around, you can have it for like $40, so, I know it sounds crazy, but XP version can be cheaper actually.. (if you care at all about $10 or so).

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RE[2]: 8GB Flash for $50
by DigitalAxis on Thu 8th May 2008 16:25 in reply to "RE: 8GB Flash for $50"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Now, if you go look somewhere (like, say, NewEgg) and find the price differences for Solid State Devices... well, I see that among 1.8" SSDs, the 8 GB version costs $166; the 16 GB version costs $300 USD.
I'd link to it but I'm not sure if that sort of link will work.

No doubt Asus has volume discounts, but that makes the difference in what you're getting over $100, and you'll still have the free SDHC port.

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RE: 8GB Flash for $50
by ari-free on Thu 8th May 2008 07:38 in reply to "8GB Flash for $50"
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

Linux advocates can't just say "oh we're free! we're free!" and expect people to use it. Linux has to be better than windows. It has to be easier to use than windows. Not easier when compared to previous linux versions. It has to be much better than the competition if it wants to win.

You can't expect to win by producing a sub-par product and complain about mean old Microsoft.

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