“For the notebook business, Xiaomi is planning to use the same strategy as the one for smartphones and will release notebooks with high price/performance ratio, the sources noted.
The sources believe Xiaomi will likely release a 15-inch notebook as it is the mainstream size in China and will adopt Linux operating system. The notebook is estimated to be priced at CNY2,999 (US$471) and will heap pressure on competitors’ similar products priced between CNY4,000-6,000.”
See Xiaomi said to release notebook in 2016 with help from Inventec and FoxconnAs I’ve been recommending for years, an OEM will release a notebook PC with GNU/Linux. They’ve seen the light. If M$ doesn’t get paid, they do. People will pay real money for a GNU/Linux desktop experience. OEMs that don’t whole-heartedly support GNU/Linux will lose out where it counts, in the market.
This is a real sign that competition has been restored to IT, that an OEM would even consider releasing a GNU/Linux product instead of one with that other OS. The motivation for entry into a market and participation in a market should be price/performance, not the wishes of a slave-master monopoly. It’s very interesting that the interloper is a maker of smartphones, the real personal computer of 2015. One company’s diversification is another company’s competition.