Remember all those who said GNU/Linux was dead on the netbook and the netbook itself was dead? They were premature. ASUS is back in the market. Not only are they shipping a netbookish machine they are selling it side-by-side with GNU/Linux and “8″.
Here are some comparables
|white 4gB 500gB||
KX066H 359 €
KX066DU 299 €
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What’s special about this is that a consumer can actually see what the OS is costing by subtracting the prices of two identical models of hardware and it’s 60€ for that other OS more than GNU/Linux. This allows the consumer a choice which has often been denied for more than a decade. It’s about time.
Won’t it be fun to wait until October 26 to see which sells better? Did you notice that the Ubuntu GNU/Linux version will not be sold until “8″ is released? One last nod to M$….
Expect to see more competition for retail space in 2012 and beyond.