Open Source Software and Linux

Sep 13 2008   8:46PM GMT

Netbooks, Notebooks, Windows and Linux

John Little Profile: Xjlittle


Most of us have heard of the Netbook. You know, the small 7″ screen Linux powered EeePC from ASUS. Of course Dell, Acer and MSI have joined in the fray. That’s fine. Competition is a good thing.

For one reason or another, probably because ASUS did not set reasonable expectations about what a netbook is capable of, or more to the point what it is not, they had a 35% return rate according to some sources. You see people bought the netbook with the idea in mind that it was a cheap notebook. They bought it wanting to hook up printers, cameras and other devices to their shiny new cheap computer. They were disappointed. Things happen.

What really gripes me though are articles like this one. This writer alludes to the idea that the problem was not the lack of capabilities of the the netbook, but instead that it was because the netbook had Linux installed as the operating system. He then goes on to extol the virtues that the netbook will have when the manufacturers begin to install Windows XP and Windows Vista Home.

Now don’t misunderstand me. I think people should have choice. If someone wants to use Windows that is their choice. I can and do use and administer both. It’s just that my preference is to use Linux because I find it easier use as a workstation and in many cases as a server. But when I read an article like the one mentioned above, that among other things, states that the netbook is an underpowered computer, and then goes on to say that it will zing with a bloated operating system like Windows Vista, I have to question the validity and purpose of such an article.

It seems to me the article was written, at least in part, to take a shot at Linux. Maybe, maybe not. I don’t know. What do you think?


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