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Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry (New York Times)
Posted Apr 4, 2009 0:58 UTC (Sat) by agrover (subscriber, #55381)
Posted Apr 4, 2009 5:43 UTC (Sat) by dkite (guest, #4577)
Microsoft has been determining the form of laptops and desktops for a long
time. They designed the tablet form. The netbook was not their idea, and
Asus designed the eeepc with linux because MS wasn't there. Xp was on the
way out, and the small form factor with low power and storage capacity
didn't fit with MS's plans.
They did a rather quick 180 however.
Whatever was needed
Posted Apr 4, 2009 9:54 UTC (Sat) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
"The year of the Linux desktop" is still in limbo, but the year of the Linux netbook came and went. Sadly it is XP almost everywhere now.
Posted Apr 6, 2009 10:42 UTC (Mon) by nye (guest, #51576)
Last year when the Eee 901 came out (a couple of months late) I was going to buy one, but it took so long for the Linux version to arrive that I'd lost interest (I'm working under the assumption that the Linux version did eventually materialise, a few months down the line - okay I've just checked and two of the three online shops I tried have the Linux version, though not in stock).
The cynic in me can't help but think that the use of Linux was a way of forcing MS to provide XP for a couple more years at a cut-down price.
Posted Apr 6, 2009 22:04 UTC (Mon) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
True, they got cheap XP licenses this way for 10% of their machines; but they also risked their relationship with the OS of choice for the remaining 90%. Right now they have sweet deals with Microsoft, the machines work well with Linux and everyone is happy. Except us Linux geeks who have seen the best opportunity as of yet come and go.
Risked their relationship?
Posted Apr 6, 2009 22:42 UTC (Mon) by dmarti (subscriber, #11625)
Posted Apr 5, 2009 20:50 UTC (Sun) by lkundrak (subscriber, #43452)
Posted Apr 5, 2009 23:54 UTC (Sun) by csamuel (✭ supporter ✭, #2624)
Posted Apr 4, 2009 14:30 UTC (Sat) by rvfh (subscriber, #31018)
BTW, $25 for XP shows how far MS are going to go to remain the desktop everybody uses. I think Vista pre-installed is more like $60 at least...
Posted Apr 9, 2009 12:43 UTC (Thu) by NRArnot (subscriber, #3033)
More significantly, it's XP (which Microsoft users like), not Vista (utter crap, and so bloated there's no way to make it usable on a curent netbook). Microsoft were trying to kill XP by withdrawing it from the market, netbooks rather damaged that strategy.
And I suspect that most folks will prefer light weight over Vista capability, so MS won't have any future tech lifeline. A current Atom CPU is fast enough, running XP or Linux. Which will sell best, a netbook that runs Vista at a usable speed, or a Linux or XP netbook that's half the weight because it gets the same runtime from much smaller batteries? Mine's the six-hundred-gram one.
Now, why is it that no-one makes a netbook with a higher-resolution screen? Methinks Microsoft has a hand in that. Asus or someone, please launch a Linux-only high-res netbook, it'll force MS's hand the same way the original netbook did.
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