"The eeePC experience was the case study for the
viability of a Linux based future. If ASUS has used the Linux eeePC
to extract negotiating concessions from Microsoft, then it has, in
the process, also undermined Microsoft’s credibility, opening
the way for other vendors to play into this gap. Further, if ASUS
has secured concessions then other vendors who do not pursue an
aggressive Linux strategy will put themselves at a disadvantage.
There is therefore an internal logic to the market which will drive
support for Linux installations going forward."