An Amazing Coincidence or Something More Sinister?
Oct 23, 2009, 23:55 (14 Talkback[s])
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"The day Windows 7 became available the HP Mi interface
appears to have died a quiet death. A visit to the HP Mini pages
reveals that HP is only offering "genuine" Windows 7 and "genuine"
Windows XP. I also noticed that the HP Mini 110 also sports a new,
higher starting price, a full US $25 more than when I ordered mine
earlier this month. I have to assume the Windows license is part of
the higher price.
"The timing of the apparent death of Mi may be an amazing
coincidence. I have no inside knowledge of the decision making
process at HP. However, there is substantial history of Microsoft
playing hardball with hardware vendors. There is also significant
evidence of increased interest and demand for Linux, with Acer
unveiling a new Linux (Android) netbook offering after having
previously dropped from the Open Source operating system."