Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 21st Nov 2008 19:39 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Last month we covered an article titled, "MSI: Wind Doing Well, Linux Version Not So Much" which revealed that Linux MSI Wind netbooks saw a return rate upto four times higher than the Windows equivalent. But in a recent interview with the CEO of Asus he revealed that Linux and Window versions of Asus Eee PC have similar return rates. He also described the plans for 2009 and talked about some changes to come in the Operating System for the netbooks.
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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by unoengborg on Sat 22nd Nov 2008 00:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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2005-07-06

One reason could be that they find the keyboard or the screen too small, many people buy things like this on the net without having a chance to try it out first, so it may come as a surprise to them how small they actually are.

Another reason for the returns of could be that people believed that they came with windows. By the time these devices was introduced to the market many people didn't realize that there was more than one OS that could run on a PC, so they didn't bother check what OS the device used. Many probably didn't even know that there was something called an OS, and thought all PCs were alike.

Today, more people are aware that netbooks often comes with Linux, and thus the higher initial return rate for Linux, if there ever was one, have gone down, as people that want windows, now actually make sure that they get a windows model.

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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by bornagainenguin on Sat 22nd Nov 2008 08:32 in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

unoengborg pointed out...

One reason could be that they find the keyboard or the screen too small, many people buy things like this on the net without having a chance to try it out first, so it may come as a surprise to them how small they actually are.


This is likely the most accurate analysis yet!

When I was looking at the ASUS EeePCs earlier this year I went to several Best Buys known to be selling them in hopes of doing a little touch typing and seeing how well the keyboard worked for me. I was told it was corporate policy not to have the EeePC out on display. Needless to say when I got my EeePC 901, it was not from Best Buy.

--bornagainpenguin

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Netbooks are too small
by perspectoff on Mon 24th Nov 2008 08:01 in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
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2008-11-06

I bought a widescreen Toshiba Laptop on sale for $349, about the price of a netbook.

It had Windows Vista Home Premium on it. I shrrank the petition and installed Kubuntu Intrepid Ibex, which works much, much faster and with tons of free software and cool games (Nexuis, etc.) It is also compliant with my open-source groupware server.

Why would I want a small-screen, small keyboard underpowered notebook for the same price, no matter what the OS was?

It's always possible to find less than bleeding edge hardware on sale -- and installing Kubuntu Linux these days is a snap, no matter what the hardware (I did it on an 8 year old laptop last month).

The reason for netbook returns is because they're small.

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RE: Netbooks are too small
by Johann Chua on Mon 24th Nov 2008 12:07 in reply to "Netbooks are too small"
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Hello? People want netbooks because they're small and cheap. I for one do not want to lug around a regular laptop just for casual web browsing when I go shopping (for price comparison research, etc.).

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