Originally Posted by Sean_W
This is a long drawn out argument which reaches into other areas. Microsoft is a known monopolist and which even Windows users find it hard to admit.
"Known" doesn't mean they do it or it's fact but there has been all sorts of suggestions that these sorts of deals are being done. You only need to look at what ASUS have recently done. A lot of these are question being asked, not as you think are in some why fact and I'm lying.
They're asking questions about such actions so try to see the difference rather than saying it's all a bunch of smoke and mirrors.
Guy you are just self deluded. The fact is, no matter how you look at it from a manufacturing and supply standpoint, it is better for them to include Linux. They can sell the netbook for cheaper, and at the same time have a higher profit margin IF that is what the customer wants. And in the beginning, they sold netbooks with the idea that they aren't the same as a desktop PC, and you mainly just use them for what the name implies - the net. This is why they pushed linux on netbooks. Linux for all intents and purposes had the upper hand, and had marketing provided by the OEM's.
The consumer didn't want that though. The consumer wanted it to be able to perform the same tasks as their PC, only with the accepted reduction in speed that a full blown laptop would have. Where there is a demand, a supply will come. So windows takes over the market. It's that simple. This is purely the result of consumer demand, not microsoft trying to push anything. They'd simply rather pay a little more for windows than settle for linux.
You can ignore that fact all you want, and pretend that microsoft somehow undercut something that is free. But it doesn't make it true.
This is pretty much the same reason why google pretty much has a monopoly on search engines right now. Yes alternatives exist, but most people don't use them. Why? They just like google better.