A French technology site is claiming that they have official word from Asus that the upcoming Eee PC 900 will only be available with Windows XP. If true, this would drive up the price a bit, and it would also mean that Asus is dropping the custom version of Xandros Linux it spent months developing specifically for the Eee PC.

On the one hand, the move makes a bit of sense. The Eee PC 900 will sport a larger, higher resolution screen than the 700 series, so why use an OS designed specifically for a small screen? But on the other hand, part of the appeal for many geeks was that the Eee PC is cheap and uses open source software, while part of the appeal for non-geeks was that it's easy to use even if you don't know the first thing about computers.

I'm going to take this report with a grain of salt for now, especially since Asus is showing of 8.9-inch screen models that are clearly running Xandros at CeBIT.

[via Blogeee]


Anonymous said...

I certainly won't be upgrading my Eee if it means paying the Microshaft tax.

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