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May 30, 2009, 19:11 (6 Talkback[s])

"Some of them installed Windows on these machines, adding nearly one third of the purchase price on top of what the hardware costs. Windows did not run very well either.

"Then Microsoft entered negotiations with manufacturers of netbooks like the ASUS EeePC. They demanded that netbooks shall never exceed a certain amount of power. They must remain slow little things, and if manufacturers agree, they would be able to buy Windows licenses from Microsoft at lower prices. Needless to say, manufacturers shifted and are now shipping (a butchered version?) of Windows XP on these machines. It was all a great big tactical move for manufacturers to force Microsoft to lower the price on Windows XP licenses -- or that is my opinion. They were never interested in doing a good job with Linux."

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