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The netbook belongs to Linux

Jun 29, 2009, 21:34 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M. Williams)

"One of the greatest selling points of the Eee was price. This was achieved partially by using low-end hardware and partially by totally eradicating all software licensing costs by using the free open-source operating system, Linux – specifically, a custom version of Xandros.

"The Eee was so popular that it was not long before competition arose. I listed 39 models available before Christmas last year.

"The magic formula of Linux plus netbook didn’t stick. Within months of the original Eee there were Windows XP variants to be found. Before twelve months had passed MSI’s director of US sales Andy Tung reported four times as many MSI netbooks running Linux were being returned than those running Windows XP."

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