"ASUS spokeswoman Linda Vo told me ASUS only sold 5% of their
netbooks with Linux, the other 95% being Windows-based. To my
surprise, she also said that ASUS only submitted a Windows option
"While I had previously wanted to ensure DET had been fair and
unbiased in their evaluation, I was left with the view that no
serious Linux contender was actually submitted to consider.
"In my opinion, this is to the netbook makers' shame. A
Linux-based netbook has compelling advantages in terms of high
performance, a far lower risk of virus or malware infections, a
rich suite of available software applications, and no licensing fee
among other aspects.
"By submitting yet another Windows option ASUS could not claim
to have any of these distinctive features. Instead, the software
platform became irrelevant and the tender simply came down to