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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Agreed. I have the mininote 2133 as well. I installed Mandriva because SLED 10 sucks a lot. The default install is using very big fonts and the repos contain nothing at all. There is not a single game, only boring outdated business apps. I can't do nothing with that. I installed Mandriva 2009 which is way better. Unfortunatelly, the proprietary video driver is only available for SLED and for Ubuntu and the wifi cars also use proprietary driver. I use the open source one, but it disconnects regularly and I have no 3D acceleration with the openchrome driver. If they sell a laptop with linux, why the f--k didn't they use compatible hardware? And why did they choose outdated SLED 10? I believe they only thought about businesses and not about normal people buying their crappy system.

Tip on the mininote: install Mandriva 2009 with xfce with vertical panels. Perfect use of the screen.

Edited 2009-02-06 10:26 UTC

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