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 counsel patience on this. I've been advocating desktop POSIX since 1988. And it has been slow going. But since Linux came on the scene, that situation has improved to "slow and steady". It is amazing that we are even in this situation, disappointed about a company *not* providing Linux on a particular model in a particular geographic area. If I had been, at some previous time, given a glimpse of this future, I would have dismissed it with disbelief!

These are exciting times. Especially on the server. For the desktop, and netbook markets, too. But we've still got a long haul ahead. Don't let the encouraging signs we've seen fool you into thinking this is going to be a quick victory.

I guarantee that if you don't take a *long term* attitude you will either become disenchanted and burn out, or go insane in the Samsara of Windows' thus-far continued popularity.

Edited 2009-02-06 00:45 UTC

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