Windows-based Eee PC to outsell Linux version - Another blow for Linux

Windows-based Eee PC to outsell Linux version - Another blow for Linux

Summary: Newsflash from ASUS - the company is predicting that the XP Home version of the Eee PC will outsell the Linux-based version by 3 to 2. Linux may be "dead president friendly" but it's still a hard sell to consumers.

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Newsflash from ASUS - the company is predicting that the XP Home version of the Eee PC will outsell the Linux-based version by 3 to 2. 

Windows-based Eee PC to outsell Linux versionTwo versions of the XP Home based Eee will be sold - the Eee PC Surf XP which has 4GB of NAND flash storage and 512MB RAM and is priced at $408, and the Eee PC 4G XP which incorporates a 4GB SD card, a better battery and a built-in 3-megapixel camera for $473.  Compare this to the Xandros-based Eee PC which comes with 2GB of of flash storage and is priced at $261.

ASUS expects to ship in the region of 5 million Eee units this year, but the fact that the company expects 3 million of these to be XP-based must come as a poke in the eye to all the Linux enthusiasts who saw the Eee as bringing Linux to the masses.

Once again this proves just how desirable Windows is for consumers, even at the cheap end of the spectrum.  Even when faced with a situation where a Linux distro provides adequate functionality and next to zero cost, having Windows installed, even when this adds a fair chunk of change to the price, is still seen as a selling point. 

Linux might be "dead president friendly" but the lure of Windows is hard to resist.  Partly this is down to the fact that consumers haven't been "educated" about Linux and so they are more likely to look for Windows, but it also comes down to the fact that there's a larger profit margin in more expensive devices.  Adding Windows is a good way to puff out the price and scrape a little more profit.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Linux, Microsoft, Open Source, Software, Windows

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  • ...

    Like Windows... ignorance continues to perpetuate itself. ]:)

    I think that eventually people will start to look elsewhere. It's a matter of edumacation! While I am many others have been doing our part to educate the masses, we don't have the large array of $$$ to get on the stupid tube. Since it seems that a majority of Americans get their education from the stupid tube, no access means no edumacation for the masses!

    Until a more broad and actual advertisement starts to happen people will not be able to make the choice! Sure you can get Linux pre-installed... but come insights as to why Linux isn't doing so well!

    1. How can you make a decision if the option is not readily apparent? Many main stream sellers that offer Linux do not do so without some digging around. Strike one.

    2. In many cases the offerings are on limited and lesser hardware. Not exactly a fair go of it now is it? Strike two.

    3. To my knowledge the ONLY company to actively advertise they sell Linux is IBM for their servers. The ads I am talking about are in magazines, billboards, TV and once I heard one on the radio. Strike three.

    Now with that kind of effort, WTF do you expect?! ]:)
    Linux User 147560
    • I knew you'd be along...

      I was just going to comment about "Linux User's going to love this post".

      All you do is slag-off every single article that mentions either Windows or Microsoft. You seem very defensive for some reason...

      Just grow up.
      CreepinJesus
      • ...

        Take your own advice. ]:)
        Linux User 147560
        • We need "Learnux"

          Someone should develop "Learnux" -- a Windows-based console that teaches LINUX by actually executing LINUX commands and interactively building LINUX tasks. Familiarity with concepts like mounting, packages and multiple logins would reduce the alienux-factor for those hooked on Windows (like me).
          ozzie_tech
      • AMEN!...

        ...
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • Wonder where "foam boy" (frothy) is...as well...

        ...
        ItsTheBottomLine
      • It will be the same 5-8 people

        writing and "preaching" while the 99.999998% of the world just keeps marching on. Kind of like a gnat in the summer.
        ItsTheBottomLine
    • You Forgot #4

      4. Non-user friendly and does not support popular applications such as MS Outlook, Blackberry server, etc.
      Has alternatives, but they require the use to compromise unnecessarily if they want to use OSS.

      5. Windows is prettier.
      TheGooch1
      • ...

        "[B]4. Non-user friendly and does not support popular applications such as MS Outlook, Blackberry server, etc.
        Has alternatives, but they require the use to compromise unnecessarily if they want to use OSS.[/B]"

        Guess that says a lot about the user, doesn't it? My parents and even my grand parents are more than capable of using Linux. And all their stuff works with it. So if you a 30-40 something IT professional can't use it, then maybe you need lessons from my 80-90 year old grand parents or my 60-70 year old parents.

        "[B]5. Windows is prettier.[/B]"

        Matter of opinion. And an obvious testament to your lack of Linux experience... see my first reply to you about the elders... ]:)
        Linux User 147560
        • The ones who put down Linux. prolly never used it...

          And may even be too dumb to do so.
          hasta la Vista, bah-bie
          • lol

            [i]The ones who put down Linux. prolly never used it... And [b]may even be too dumb to do so.[/b][/i]

            Yet you're the one who uses "prolly" in a sentence.
            Badgered
          • Got a problem with that?

            ~
            hasta la Vista, bah-bie
          • Which means he prolly never used it... LOL

            ;)
            hasta la Vista, bah-bie
          • Linux preferred

            I'll admit that I keep a drive to run those FEW Winder$applications, but Ubuntu is my main OS. You can find someone willing to help on thier forums with any problem a new user might run into. We can't help if most people are to willing to pay the microcrap tax. Besides, the safest way to run Winder$ is under a virtual machine setup.
            rMatey
          • Hey, My Wife Isn't THAT Tech Savvy, and SHE's using the EEE PC

            w/Linux!

            Congratulations, Shade, Ax, Blasphemer and all you other Windoze Bigots - you are officially stupider than my technophobe spouse, who's never PRETENDED to be an "expert" on technology!

            OTOH, she's not a Bush Nazi like you Windoze fanboyz, either....
            drprodny
          • Bush Nazi..HA! :^0

            nt
            JCitizen
          • Some people put down Windows and Linux users

            some posting right here, and they've used it, they've just treated it like religion and decided to hate on others and can't stick to worshipping at their own.
            Boot_Agnostic
          • prolly never used it

            Wrong. I've been using it for a few months now, but I don't like having to relearn how to use my notebook and not being able to use all the Windows(/Mac)-only apps that haven't been ported to Linux. Linux is a pain to use compared to Windows. And no matter how good Linux fanboys think Open Office is, it just doesn't deal well enough with MS Word docs -- and that may be Microsoft's fault for not releasing enough of the MS Office code, but that's irrelevant to users even though it's the heart and soul of ideological rant against MS. I've been using multiple systems in multiple languages for the past 20 years, used to have a CNE, and have been troubleshooting my friends' PCs for at least 15 years. Linux has its good points, but being user-friendly still isn't one of them. I'd already decided to switch my Eee PC to Windows XP before reading this article. If I don't do that, I can't use it for the wireless Internet connectivity app I had to buy from my mobile phone company here in Taiwan. The decisions that civilians (non-IT users) make about the OS they use isn't usually based on IT ideology but on their ability to get their work done with the OS and 3rd-party apps available for that OS. Windows has it all, but Linux doesn't. That's reality. Get used to it.
            billfranke@...
          • Well ya know Bill...

            I wasn't actually talking to you. I don't see your name up above mine that I responded to, but just to let you know, I still use Windows XP as well.

            My point being that there are too many narrow-minded people out there who aren't willing to learn something new. They've been using Windows for the last 15+ years and won't even consider anything outside their own narrow little box.

            AND, since they're too lazy or incapable of learning, they do nothing but put down things they don't know anything about. That's too bad.
            hasta la Vista, bah-bie
        • Easy for Them

          They have a Linux system manager on call. YOU
          pfroehle@...