Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Thu 7th Aug 2008 17:25 UTC, submitted by SBW
Hardware, Embedded Systems It seems Lenovo is being selective in which markets get Linux on its new range of IdeaPad netbooks. "People in most markets Lenovo serves, including Singapore, China and the UK, will be offered the company's new IdeaPad S10 with either Microsoft Windows XP or a Linux OS, but Australian and US computer buyers will only be offered Windows XP according to Lenovo."
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What Microsoft doesn't understand.
by troy.w.banther on Fri 8th Aug 2008 01:25 UTC
troy.w.banther
Member since:
2008-06-28

'Obviously, MS has broke a deal with Lenovo, but those deals are illegal everywhere except in Australia and the US. I know in the EU at least, such anti-competitive deals are illegal.'

What Microsoft doesn't understand is itself.

Seriously, the company believes its business model will win 'uber alles'. It a blind marketing fanaticism which will eventually be its own poison.

We Linux users just sit back and wait.

As for the Lenovo laptop. Having a loli-pop operating system, like Windows, is easily replaceable with a Linux install DVD.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

What Microsoft doesn't understand is itself.

Meanwhile, apparently in its "confusion", it continues to earn billions of dollars. God, I wish that I could be so confused... ;-p

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testman Member since:
2007-10-15

We Linux users just sit back and wait.


...and wait... and wait...

The rest of us who are less dogmatic about our choice of operating system continue to use Windows to get our work done.

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troy.w.banther Member since:
2008-06-28

I get more done in a typical day of business than most of the Windows sys admins do in two or three. This also depends if there is a Solitaire contest going on.

It may be that I am just on task and know how to get things moving forward and accomplished. Who knows? I say that having 'been' a Windows only systems admin for nearly six continuous years.

I do know that if I 'need' to touch a Windows server all I need to do is rdesktop into it. There is absolutely zero need to run any Microsoft software on my desktop or the servers.

Personally, I don't need to purchase brand new equipment or an operating system to get work done. At work, we've saved several hundred thousand dollars per year on just licensing alone. There is even more savings with re-purposed equipment.

The old proprietary model, while still making money for Bill, Steve and other Microsoft marketing billionaires, is obsolete.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

'Obviously, MS has broke a deal with Lenovo, but those deals are illegal everywhere except in Australia and the US. I know in the EU at least, such anti-competitive deals are illegal.' What Microsoft doesn't understand is itself. Seriously, the company believes its business model will win 'uber alles'. It a blind marketing fanaticism which will eventually be its own poison. We Linux users just sit back and wait. As for the Lenovo laptop. Having a loli-pop operating system, like Windows, is easily replaceable with a Linux install DVD.


Not really.

As an Aussie consumer, what I will do regarding the Lenovo is ... ignore it, and buy either an Acer Aspire One or a Dell E instead.

I would have considered an ASUS EEEPC if not for the relatively feeble Linux OS distribution the EEEPC offers.

Why bother with the Lenovo and wiping Windows and installing Linux on it instead when I can more easily get the required levels of functionality by buying a Netbook PC from another vendor who is willing to offer me a decent offering.

There is, after all, plenty of choice in this market.

http://www.liliputing.com/

Most models will offer me a decent Linux option. Who cares about Lenovo, who apparently won't?

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