Microsoft threats killed the Linux netbook, not a lack of quality
Posted Oct 2, 2009 3:44 UTC (Fri) by gdt
In reply to: Microsoft threats killed the Linux netbook, not a lack of quality
Parent article: LinuxCon: Some advice from Uncle Dirk
It was a more complicated picture than that. Say you are a importing distributor. Do you import the Windows machine or the Linux machine? You probably don't want to import both, since that doubles the SKUs. What it really needed was a sales person to visit the distributor and make the pitch. Microsoft sent its sales people in, the Linux distribution didn't. And yeah, partly that's Asus's fault for choosing a distribution which lacks that sort of resources.
The real shame is that Ubuntu 9.10 UNR on my EeePc 901 and Aspire One kicks butt. They are the best truly portable computer I've used since the Tandy Model 100, and a illustration that free software *can* do fine design and 100%-complete polish. The experience leaves Windows Xp and 7 in the dust. Canonical should be at Asus now, pitching them a change of distribution. But given the poor history of Linux sales promotion...
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