05.22.10

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No, ASUS Did Not Abandon Netbook Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft, Vista 7, Windows, Xandros at 5:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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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

IN an overly dramatic new headline, SJVN asks, “Has ASUS abandoned netbook Linux?”

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.

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.

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5 Comments

  1. Yuhong Bao said,

    May 23, 2010 at 1:20 am

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    In fact, ASUS now have the Eee PC 1207T with no OS at all:
    http://techreport.com/articles.x/18883

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    That’s one of the examples I posted about earlier in the week.

    saulgoode Reply:

    Well, it comes with ExpressGate — a Linux OS for all intents and purposes save those of fabricating fallacious market share statistics.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Yes, I didn’t give a list of examples because I would have left something out. Here are some more recent examples that I collected (2010 alone):

    Asus’ Eee PC 1201T ultraportable
    http://techreport.com/articles.x/18883

    eeePad
    http://pogson.6k.ca/2010/04/30/eeepad/

    Asus announces Eee Pad tablet
    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1602759/asus-announce-eee-pad-tablet

    ASUS is working on an Eee Pad
    http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/ASUS-is-working-on-an-Eee-Pad-986008.html

    Asustek Eee Pad to hit channel in July
    http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20100423PD207.html

    Refurbished ASUS Atom 1.6GHz 9″ Netbook for $170 + free shipping
    http://www.i4u.com/article32925.html

    Asus Eee Nettop Available With Red Flag Linux Pre Installed
    http://dailybreaknews.com/asus-eee-nettop-available-with-red-flag-linux-pre-installed/10694

    ASUS Confirms Tablet Plans
    http://www.androidguys.com/2010/03/31/asus-confirms-tablet-plans/

    Asus Eee PC 1201T review
    http://review.techworld.com/netbooks-mini-laptops/3218293/asus-eee-pc-1201t-review/

    ASUS’ Xonar STX Gains Even More Functionality Under Linux
    http://techgage.com/news/asus_xonar_stx_gains_even_more_functionality_under_linux/

    Asustek Wants to Become Another Apple with Open-Source Platforms.
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/other/display/20100210225901_Asustek_Wants_to_Become_Another_Apple_with_Open_Source_Platforms.html

    Asus: What will be the next netbook?
    http://www.silicon.com/technology/hardware/2010/01/21/asus-what-will-be-the-next-netbook-39745351/print/

    Asus choosing between Chrome and Android
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-384188.html

  2. Mikko said,

    May 23, 2010 at 1:54 pm

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    they only sell windows netbooks in sweden

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