“I’m thinking of hitting the OEMs harder than in the past with anti-Linux. … they should do a delicate dance”
–Joachim Kempin, Microsoft OEM Chief
Summary: Acer suddenly pushes back the Android plan it was so excited about; ASUS temporarily neglects sub-notebooks
AS we noted a couple of days go, there is already a Russian investigation into what Microsoft did to GNU/Linux in sub-notebooks. Reading between the lines, this was the interpretation of the Managing Editor of Linux Today.
Based on evidence that we gathered (see links at the bottom), Microsoft’s anti-competitive tactics worked very effectively against GNU/Linux at ASUS; not only that, but Microsoft tried to eliminate this market of sub-notebooks altogether. Microsoft’s business model just can’t take it [1, 2, 3] and it shows [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].
“Asian manufacturers habitually admit that they are afraid of Microsoft, which uses margins to punish them.”Does anyone still remember the bizarre incident where ASUS apologised for removing an amazing Linux product during an expo? Asian manufacturers habitually admit that they are afraid of Microsoft, which uses margins to punish them. It is a tool of extortion.
Now we discover that ASUS, which was ecstatic back in the days about GNU/Linux-powered Eee PCs, has decided to no longer make sub-notebooks this year. What a difference getting "closely tied up with Microsoft" can make. Their profit fell 94% and now there is another generation of products ruined by Microsoft, maybe eternally. At least ARM is coming.
Based on the same report, sources say that Acer might be delaying/canceling its Linux sub-notebooks which its people planned and were hugely enthusiastic about. To quote:
Report: Acer Android Netbook pushed back
But if the Digitimes report is accurate, it means something has shifted at Acer HQ. At Computex in early June, company executives were very excited about the possibilities of Android on Netbooks, even saying that the majority of Acer Netbooks will come with Android as an alternative operating system to Microsoft’s Windows.
“Netbooks are designed to be compact in size and easy to connect to the Internet wherever you go,” Jim Wong, Acer’s president of IT products, said at the time. “The Android operating system offers incredibly fast wireless connection to the Internet; for this reason, Acer has decided to develop Android Netbooks for added convenience to our customers.”
“[S]omething has shifted at Acer HQ,” writes CNET. Something has shifted, alright. Ask ASUS about Snapdragon. It was about a year ago that Roughly Drafted Magazine hypothesised that Microsoft was pressuring vendors (behind the scenes) to abolish Android.
The Russian investigators will hopefully get to the bottom of this. █
- ASUS Enters the Slog Business
- More Suspicious Moves from ASUS
- It’s Unofficial: Microsoft Pays ASUS (Kickbacks) to Block GNU/Linux. Will EU Commission Step in?
- What is Going on with ASUS and GNU/Linux?
- Microsoft Embracing, Extending, and Extinguishing Sub-notebooks
- Does Microsoft Blackmail Sub-notebooks Vendors?
- What Microsoft’s Anti-Linux Taskforce in Wal-Mart Teaches Us About Sub-notebooks
“Microsoft Corp is using scare tactics to exert pressure on PC vendors not to explore the potential of desktop Linux”