Linked by David Adams on Tue 16th Aug 2011 16:48 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Who is Microsoft fooling? Other than on the desktop, Linux is eating its lunch, and it's only going to get worse for Microsoft."
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RE[3]: But does it need to?
by zlynx on Wed 17th Aug 2011 16:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: But does it need to?"
zlynx
Member since:
2005-07-20

The big PC manufacturers didn't cave in to Microsoft, they caved in to customer demand.

Only a very few people actually want to use Linux as their operating system. Everyone else installed an old pirated copy of Windows XP, had a friend do it, or returned the machine.

The only people who were totally happy with the Linux Eee PC netbooks were those that had a friendly local Linux user to help them out. I knew a lot of people who didn't care for the experience, but went along with it because that was what you got for $280. Once Windows netbooks were available they switched.

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RE[4]: But does it need to?
by tidux on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:17 in reply to "RE[3]: But does it need to?"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

That was also because they used a terrible distribution of Linux. If they'd just slapped stock Ubuntu on there, people would have been happier with it.

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RE[5]: But does it need to?
by Slambert666 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 09:55 in reply to "RE[4]: But does it need to?"
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2008-10-30

That was also because they used a terrible distribution of Linux. If they'd just slapped stock Ubuntu on there, people would have been happier with it.


Don't for a second think that the ASUS product designers loved the crappy Xandros on the early eeePC's.

Using Ubuntu had 2 key problems at that point:
1: No access to repositories so the ASUS developers could not commit changes needed for the Netbook to run acceptably well.
2: Ubuntu does not test much before release, meaning any update at any time could have created a tsunami of eeePC recalls, for example a busted WIFI driver would have been a disaster.

Xandros solved both those problems for ASUS.

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