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Where have all the Linux powered Acer Aspire One netbooks gone ?

  • Subject: Where have all the Linux powered Acer Aspire One netbooks gone ?
  • From: Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2008 21:58:05 -0600
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Recently I visited two large superstores in NSW (Australia) which had 
previously sold Linux powered Acer Aspire One netbooks.

Both those stores now have only Windows powered netbooks, the Linux ones 
are no longer on sale.

The Linux ones were $320-$350 after various cashback options, the Windows 
ones $550 ish.

Fortunately we can still buy the Linux ones on line:-
$399.95 + $59 cash back

Is microsoft cutting off distribution channels again, as *documented* by 
the DOJ ?

The Importance of the OEM and IAP Channels

144.  Very soon after it recognized the need to gain browser usage share 
at Navigator's expense, Microsoft identified pre-installation by OEMs and 
bundling with the proprietary client software of IAPs as the two 
distribution channels that lead most efficiently to browser usage.
 Two main reasons explain why these channels are so efficient. First, 
users must acquire a computer and connect to the Internet before they can 
browse the Web. Thus, the OEM and IAP channels lead directly to virtually 
every user of browsing software. Second, both OEMs and IAPs are able to 
place browsing software at the immediate disposal of a user without any 
effort on the part of the user.
 Microsoft has also relied on studies showing that a very large majority 
of those who browse the Web obtain their browsing software with either 
their PCs or their IAP subscriptions. 

We tend to overlook that *most* Linux netbooks come with the full 
unrestricted versions of Open Office and  Firefox web browser as well as 
a bundle of other handy applications.

 Apart from the fact the OS is Linux and NOT windows, there is a HUGE 
incentive on  behalf of microsoft to promote Ms Word and Internet 
Exploder to the exclusion of all competing products.

 The threat is much bigger than the one Netscape posed, and microsoft was 
found guilty of harming Netscape by abusing its monopoly power.

Yes, I know, they may have later been found not guilty after Dubya became 
US president, they may have later been knighted by the Queen, and loved 
by Aliens, but FIRST, they were found *guilty*, and history cannot erase 
that fact.

The trolls will now plague this thread claiming that the reason is "no 
one wants the Linux versions"

But if customers don't get the *choice* to see them in the shops, and 
save $100 - $200, how can anyone claim "no one wants the Linux versions" ?

As a side note, I don't see anyone dumping the Linux versions which you 
would expect if they were not selling, however I see Dell Canada dumping 
the XP HOME versions to compete with the Linux versions.

One compelling reason could be the smaller profit levels of Linux 
netbooks at the resellers, compared to the windows units which at a 
higher price means more money for the reseller.
However as they can't stop on-line sales, the resellers are only 
postponing the inevitable in my opinion.

If we wish to reduce our ignorance, there are people we will
indeed listen to.  Trolls are not among those people, as trolls, more or
less by definition, *promote* ignorance.
          Kelsey Bjarnason, C.O.L.A. 2008

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