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Re: [News] ASUS Chooses GNU/Linux for Sub-notebooks Again (with ARM)

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____/ High Plains Thumper on Saturday 13 Feb 2010 12:47 : \____

> Terry Porter wrote:
>> Schestowitz wrote:
>>> Asustek Wants to Become Another Apple with Open-Source Platforms.
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> Speaking at an event dedicated to spinning- off Pegatron
>>>> Technologies from Asustek, Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus,
>>>> reiterated the companyâs long-term plan to become âanother
>>>> Appleâ, but to adopt open-source or popular platforms instead of
>>>> proprietary software, including ARM and Google Chrome/Android
>>>> combinations as well as Intel and Windows to suit consumer
>>>> demand, reports DigiTimes web-site.
>>> `----
>>> http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/other/display/20100210225901_Asustek_Wants_to_Become_Another_Apple_with_Open_Source_Platforms.html
>> Not quite the anti Linux FUD, vomited here by scott exekookill nudds
>> now is it ?
>> <quote>
>> Asus - Gives up on Linux and phases it out of it's consumer products
>> From: "Ezekiel" <nowhere-there@xxxxxxxx>
>> Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
>> Subject: Asus - Gives up on Linux and phases it out of it's
>> consumer products
>> X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.3790.3959
>> Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 09:53:40 -0400
>> </quote>
> You mean:
> http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.advocacy/msg/95696cab3efbe225
> Going back to the article Roy posted, herein is key:
> [quote] Asustek Computer fully understands that it will take years
> before its brand will become truly recognizable. The chairman of the
> company reportedly pointed out at the press-conference that Asus lately
> began pushing into Southeastern Asia countries, such as Indonesia, with
> its notebooks and mainboards s and believes the region will be a key
> driver for its future revenues. [/quote]
> This is a market mostly neglected by first world countries, IMHO.
> There, the average bread earner eaks out a living with spartan luxuries
> in the home.  Such luxury may be a 150 cc Honda motorcycle for
> transportation.
> Yet cellphones proliferate similar to the Philippines, where texting is
> very popular.  It only costs cents to transmit a cellphone message,
> whereas voice is very expensive.
> A small netbook with ARM processor and Linux would make the unit very
> affordable.  It would be a hit among college students, professors and
> business people on a budget.  They don't see things through M$ eyes.

ASUS understands that it was only special when it had Linux in 2007. Later it lost its
distinguisher and after the deal with Microsoft its profits went down
95% (or 96%).

When you sell Windows, then the only interests you serve are Microsoft's. When you sell
Linux, then you /own/ your entire product line and serve your interests (as well
as the clients'). The Microsoft taxman is out of the loop.

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