It is sad to see money killing innovation. ASUS innovated and threw away momentum in a down economy. They are now cranking out netbooks with an obsolete OS, a recipe for disaster. Competitors using GNU/Linux will eat their lunch in performance. The lies propagated by ASUS make me sick. I bought an eeeBox for my employer and a hot motherboard to upgrade my personal terminal server and I regret it. I had choices but chose ASUS because I believed they were exercising their right to be free of M$.
Oh well, the market will decide. I have decided. No more ASUS stuff for me. I do not even want to know whether or not they will continue the Splashtop stuff. Other suppliers can do that.
I wonder how much ASUS got for selling out. I wonder whether this whole thing was just hard bargaining by ASUS to get advantages over competitors in the Wintel market. How utterly short-sighted to accept a payout instead of freedom.
UPDATE: Here is an opinion that this was just bargaining by ASUS. Who knows but ASUS? They still produce eeePCs with GNU/Linux…
“Shih said, “Frankly speaking … I would like to apologize that, if you look at Asus booth, we’ve decided not to display this product. I think you may have seen the devices on Qualcomm’s booth but actually, I think this is a company decision so far we would not like to show this device. That’s what I can tell you so far. I would like to apologize for that.”"
I am sickened to read that ASUS who sparked the netbook revolution should have such a guilty mind.