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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What about marketing?
by vitae on Sat 7th Feb 2009 07:00 UTC
vitae
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2006-02-20

What Linux is really missing. Linspire was on the right track aggressively attacking Microsoft the way they did, and articles about it appearing all over the web.Trying to push lost cost machines, trying to make it easy on people switching, etc.

Microsoft does tons of advertising despite already dominating the desktop. Apple is finally running tv ads for Macs, which they probably should have started doing years ago. But when do you ever see a Linux ad on tv, hear one on the radio or see one in a magazine that is not a Linux magazine? I remember ONE IBM ad for Linux years ago, and that's it.

When you're the small guy trying to carve out a niche, you can't just wait for people to notice you and hope they like you.

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