Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th May 2008 17:40 UTC
Windows Last week, we reported on a peculiar price difference in Australia between the Linux and Windows versions of the Asus Eee PC 900, the new model in the Eee line. The Windows model was 50 USD cheaper than the Linux model - the Linux model did have a bigger hard drive, but interestingly, the version with the smaller hard drive was not available as a Linux machine. This gave rise to speculation that Microsoft had been putting pressure on Asus to favour Windows XP over Linux. It appears Microsoft's assault in this segment of the market goes deeper than just Asus and the Eee alone.
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by Trenien on Tue 13th May 2008 13:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Trenien
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2007-10-11

But isn't Xandros GPL? (I have no idea)

If it's the case, that means that appart from support, and the initial cost to adapt it to the eeepc, each new copy cost Asus $0.

If not, they can switch to Mandriva tomorow, since it fully supports the eeepc as is, right now.

Edited 2008-05-13 13:43 UTC

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by DigitalAxis on Tue 13th May 2008 17:31 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Xandros sells their version of Linux. They're allowed to do that under the GPL, and they do. Yeah, you could also get free Linux, or take their stuff and rebrand it, but I assume Asus is getting something out of their deal with Xandros, like support.

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