Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Feb 2009 21:20 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Netbooks have been heralded as the foot in the door for Linux. With the launch of the earliest Eee PC models, Asus made a bold move by only offering them with Linux pre-installed; Microsoft soon responded by working with Asus to bring Windows XP to the next generation Eee PCs. Since then, Windows XP gained market share in the netbook segment rapidly, casting doubts over whether or not netbooks would really turn out to be that foot in the door. HP has today announced that its new HP Mini 1000 netbook will not be available with Linux pre-installed in Europe.
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"I'm not so sure this is a wise move on HP's part. They may have their market research, but common sense tells me that when your competitors offer cheaper Linux variants of essentially the same hardware (it's all Atom platform), you might lose customers if the only HP netbook they can buy is more expensive, but still offers the same hardware. "

-- As if. Nowadays I go to stores and I see 1 out of 15 or so netbooks running linux. I ask for a netbook with a 10" screen and linux and they go "we only have those with windows". No netbook for me, it seems...

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