Summary: It’s “better with Windows” and “ASUS recommends Windows 7″ when Microsoft pays for such text to be shown, but the reality is very different
The answer is no because ASUS is back to Linux, sometimes in the form of Android. We gave several examples in recent months. Regarding abandonment of Xandros for sub-notebooks, the following posts show Microsoft’s role in it.
- Russia’s Antimonopoly Service Targets ASUS, Toshiba, H-P, Samsung and Dell for Potentially Colluding with Microsoft
- 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?
- ASUS: “Currently, We’re Closely Tied up With Microsoft”
- What is Going on with ASUS and GNU/Linux?
- ASUS Profits Fall 94% After Getting “Closely Tied Up with Microsoft” at the Expense of 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
To SJVN’s credit, he does mention Microsoft’s role but he also writes:
I’m sure that the real reason is Microsoft has pressured Asus into abandoning Linux. On ASUS’ site, you’ll now see the slogan “ASUS recommends Windows 7″ proudly shown.
ASUS is being paid to put that text in there. It doesn’t mean that it’s sincere. It is a fake endorsement which Microsoft pays many OEMs for.
In summary, Microsoft escaped antitrust fines for its misconduct in sub-notebooks, but it is losing the bigger race anyway, especially now that Linux replaces Vista 7 on the Slate [1, 2] and Courier dies [1, 2] due to intense competition. Almost every electronic reader is powered by Linux. When Microsoft thought it scored well in a single round (by cheating) it saw its profit sinking at alarming rates and the future looks bright for GNU/Linux. █