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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Your missing reality there a bit. I don't see Microsoft openly attacking Apple. I don't see Microsoft emails floating around wondering what to do about the Apple threat. I don't see any Microsoft actions that suggest that they are any more worried about Apple than any other company. Why? Apple caters and sells to the niche crowd. No business can afford to buy all Apple. Linux on the other hand, is a different story as it runs on the same hardware the Windows does.

What does Microsoft have to worry about? Well two years ago NO major OEM sold Linux to the customer openly. Now, Intel, the largest CPU maker in the world, is developing Moblin tailored to their processors and chipsets. Asus dropped the ball because the Linux they shipped sucked. Intel won't make that mistake. Alphas of Moblin are already very nice looking and will be close to instant on machines.

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