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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Splinter
Member since:
2005-07-13

Where are you looking? I have not found any pricing. Here is confirmation from Asus about the 12GB Windows/20GB Linux issue:

http://au.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=10956


http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php is where I found the pricing mentioned.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Where are you looking? I have not found any pricing. Here is confirmation from Asus about the 12GB Windows/20GB Linux issue: http://au.asus.com/news_show.aspx?id=10956
http://www.asusnotebook.com.au/eee-pc.php is where I found the pricing mentioned. "

Interesting. According to that site there is no 12GB option offered at all, either for Linux or for Windows. The Windows variants are quoted at $799 versus the Linux variants with the same hardware (and OpenOffice included) for $649. You can buy a Windows variant with no Office software, but if you want Office software then the additional price is between about $250 and $450 depending on the version of Office. There is no offer to install OpenOffice on the Windows version. There is no anti-virus offered for Linux, and for Windows it is offered between about $75 for one year upwards (depending on which versions you buy).

All up then, for the same specification machine with equivalent software functionality, you are going to be paying at least an additional $150+$250+$75= $475 for the Windows XP variant. All up cost is $1124 for the Windows machine, and $649 for the Linux machine, both with 20GB storage.

That makes the Windows machine 173% of the cost of the Linux machine ... a 73% price hike for running Windows. Or, in other words, running Linux + applications on this machine costs just 58% of the outlay compared to running Windows + applications on it (at least for the consumer who is unable or unwilling to get their own software and install it).

Then in addition, of course, every year thereafter, you have to re-spend at least your anti-virus subscription on the Windows machine.

OK, panic over. If this site truly reflects the planned pricing, there is no issue.

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noisyjazzman Member since:
2008-05-07

Looks like you're right; thanks for the link. As you say, panic over. Hopefully.

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