Via who has long made alternative CPUs for x86 and who has made a good living selling small motherboards for thin clients was caught off guard by the demand in the market for */Linux on small cheap computers. They developed a motherboard that sells for $49 and runs Android/Linux. The first batch sold out in hours.
Via! Wake up! Ramp up production as ASUS did for the GNU/Linux netbook and you too could be bought off by M$… or not. You could make a good living supplying the demand for small cheap computers that M$’s OEM-“partners” do not. That will teach them to lock themselves to sinking ship.
"We began to accept pre-orders of APC. Those who had registered to be notified were given the first opportunity to place orders, which were limited to a maximum of 2 units. Due to the staggering demand we sold out in just a few hours. […] We are truly overwhelmed by this response and would like to thank everyone for your support for APC,"
It’s just June and my prediction that we shall see an abundance of PCs running */Linux in 2012 is coming to fruition. I predict that Via will respond to this clear demand for their product by increasing production and establishing deals with OEMs to crank out units. Since it is a standard motherboard, those should be quick and easy relationships to build, just insert the motherboard into assembly-lines. It’s only another small step to give those units retail shelf-space.