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PC Vendors: Put up or shut up on the Linux desktop

Mar 12, 2009, 22:17 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Oh, and by the way, as far as I can tell there is no way to get an IdeaPad with SLED on it through the standard ordering system. Thanks Lenovo, thanks a lot.

"As for Asus, it's not really there fault. There's a pure OEM (original equipment manufacturer). You can't just call them up or go to their Web site and order one of their Linux-powered Eee netbooks. You have to find a retailer that carried their netbooks with Linux. Good luck with that.

"In my experience, for example, the only Asus with Linux you'll find at a Best Buy store are the ones with the 7" screens. The ones with the bigger screens? The more desirable ones? They always have XP Home."

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