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ASUS Express Gate: Could Microsoft Stand in the Way?

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   Message-ID: <tq3jk.33761$E41.1551@text.news.virginmedia.com>    From: 7 <website_has_email@www.enemygadgets.com>    Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy    Subject: Are Micoshaftees interfering with Express Gate sales?    Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 18:48:57 GMT    User-Agent: KNode/0.7.2

Several web sites you can search for Asus Express Gate (Spashtop Instant ON Linux which takes only 5 seconds to boot built into the BIOS) motherboard and come up empty.

“...[W]ill this require another EU anti-trust investigation?”But these companies are selling Asus Express Gate featured motherboards with Express Gate feature written all over the web page.

Short of indexing program failing (which doubt because these sites are big and need keen search facilities) I can't understand why so many sites (e.g. www.ebuyer.com ) don't show results for Express Gate, but do stock say the Asus P5Q Pro motherboard (with Express Gate written all over its specifications).

Asus shipping 1 million Linux motherboards a month and I'm just wondering if some anti-trust way micoshaft is interfering with Asus sales by intercepting them at the seller end.

And will this require another EU anti-trust investigation?




Watch what was found a couple of days ago: Microsoft seems to have grabbed ASUS into a close relationship after some affairs with GNU/Linux, which bypasses Windows in this case (on over a million boards per month).

Prior to this, Microsoft tried to use its EULA, which many people must accept blindly, to fight Express Gate (essentially through restriction on hypervisors). Anti-trust issues that were raised and invoked by Phoenix forced Microsoft to retract such dirty tricks. Phoenix is taking a route similar to that of ASUS, but would Microsoft stand aside watching?

The mythical monopolist has lost $90 billion in value so far this year. Expect it to be aggressive. Drop us a tip if you spot something suspicious.

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