Last month we covered an article titled, “MSI: Wind Doing Well, Linux Version Not So Much” which revealed that Linux MSI Wind netbooks saw a return rate upto four times higher than the Windows equivalent. But in a recent interview with the CEO of Asus he revealed that Linux and Window versions of Asus Eee PC have similar return rates. He also described the plans for 2009 and talked about some changes to come in the Operating System for the netbooks.
When asked about the return rates of linux based netbooks, Jerry Shen, CEO of Asus replied,
I think the return rate for the Eee PCs are low but I believe the Linux and Windows have similar return rates.
He also mentioned an interesting tidbit that a lot of Europeans go for the Linux version of the netboook.
- A touch-enabled Eee PC will be introduced in early 2009.
- An easy-mode Win XP will be released in the Q4 of 2008. He elaborated on the purpose of “Easy Mode”.
For the novice and for the person who doesn’t know how to use the computer, Easy Mode is better. We provide this option on Windows XP if people want a simple interface, but they can also use the full operating system.
- Windows 7 will be introduced in EeePC in the second half of 2009.
- Windows Vista will be skipped in the future EeePC versions.
For now it will be Linux and XP and then Windows 7 and not do Vista.
Nice to see some material to debunk the myth that people hate Linux outside the server room. All it takes is for some misselling (not exactly unforeseen if you go to an electrical retailer and see how they label their products, even making up their own product codes, too), some persuasion by Microsoft sales representatives for someone to “comment” on unhappy customers, and then a myth grows up. Hopefully Asus (and Acer and the rest) will continue to “get it” and keep selling and promoting Linux-based products, because it is what the customers want. Or rather, it *isn’t* what the customers *don’t* want, as this story really indicates, perhaps.