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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RE[3]: I don't like this title
by satan666 on Wed 7th May 2008 21:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I don't like this title"
satan666
Member since:
2008-04-18

I think it is better to buy the Windows version and install Mandriva 2008.1 (it is supposed to work out of the box, wifi and all the good stuff) or another Linux tailored for eeePC. Microsoft is loosing money with every computer sold with Windows because of the subventions. So the more computers are sold the worse for Microsoft. In addition, by buying the Windows eeePC you don't support Xandros (which has a patent deal with Microsoft).
But better than all this is to boycott eeePCs altogether.
Someone already mentioned that there are better choices on the market.

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RE[4]: I don't like this title
by gonzo on Wed 7th May 2008 21:23 in reply to "RE[3]: I don't like this title"
gonzo Member since:
2005-11-10

Microsoft is loosing money with every computer sold with Windows because of the subventions. So the more computers are sold the worse for Microsoft.


How is Microsoft losing money on this - I mean, how much does it cost MS to make copy of XP?? Like.. $1 or even less? Even then.. How exactly ARE they losing money if they are selling it for like $0?

It's not like with XBox 360 or PS3, you know, where they have hardware and manufacturing expenses.

Anyway, if you're buying XP model just because of that, you should see psychiatrist.

Edited 2008-05-07 21:32 UTC

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stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

The assumption is that Microsoft is paying ASUS a heavy subsidy to sell XP machines at a lower price than Linux machines.

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Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

That is the point, they (Microsoft) can't be even selling it for $0.00 dollars per copy if the XP machine is cheaper than a Linux install which already is free from day one.

Somewhere Microsoft is paying money to ASUS to put out a cheaper machine than the Linux one. The lack of a 12GB Linux machine is also telling.

Why not bring out a 12GB Linux machine after-all? Why lose a possible market share by being cheaper than the competition?

If ASUS is paying even one cent per machine to Microsoft for the XP version then a Linux machine with the same specs would come out a number of dollars cheaper per machine (handling costs, paper work, serial number tracking, etc.)

The fact is, if the hardware is already fully supported by an Free-Open-OS, then a Microsoft version on that same hardware must always be a more expensive machine unless Microsoft is paying to have their OS installed.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I think it is better to buy the Windows version and install Mandriva 2008.1 (it is supposed to work out of the box, wifi and all the good stuff) or another Linux tailored for eeePC. Microsoft is loosing money with every computer sold with Windows because of the subventions. So the more computers are sold the worse for Microsoft. In addition, by buying the Windows eeePC you don't support Xandros (which has a patent deal with Microsoft). But better than all this is to boycott eeePCs altogether. Someone already mentioned that there are better choices on the market.


I am probably going to cool down a bit after venting at Asus, and wait to see what Acer have to offer later this year (9-inch screen with an Intel Atom processor, I believe).

Having said that, even though this sham has probably caused me to drop the idea of getting an EEEPC entirely in favour of something from another manufacturer that better deomnstrates support for Linux, nevertheless I will still make a complaint to the ACCC over this.

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danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

Microsoft is loosing money with every computer sold with Windows because of the subventions.


Do they? I guess that depends on the development effort put in making an EEE PC-specific version. If it's mostly plain XP, they profit from it, given that duplication cost is near zero. Given that they probably have earned the development effort for XP back a few years ago, each copy sold at a higher price than material/distribution costs will give them profit.

Except if they provide full-blown support for these Windows copies, of course.

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