Asus to start shipping some Eee PCs with Ubuntu preloaded

By Jos
Jun 3, 2011
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  1. Back in 2007 when the netbook craze was just starting there was a lot of talk about Linux finally going mainstream. The first Eee PC model shipped with the Xandros…

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  2. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +238

    Now if we could get a Transformer with Ubuntu (and maintain good battery life), I'd be all over that.
  3. ihaveaname

    ihaveaname TS Enthusiast Posts: 107

    This is great! More people need to know about Ubuntu; too many people in the developing economies pirate Windows when they can make do perfectly well with open-source software.
  4. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    I remember reading about a smartphone + tablet + netbook transformer on OMGUbuntu.
  5. Bad move. But being first, maybe ASuS won't loose too much.

    A few geeks will get it. Linux is really bad. And they have 1 million different version. Pure Chaos.

    The energy-management is also really bad. Even the very first version of Vista, without the patches and SPs, could work better.

    "Eee PC" normally stands for "Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play"

    With Linux inside in that moto you've to add the "NOT x3"
  6. TrekExpert

    TrekExpert TS Enthusiast Posts: 104

    I'm sorry to say that you are completely wrong. They will be preloaded with Ubuntu which is only one distribution. It is true their are many more distributions but anyone buying these netbooks would not have to worry about them and the development of one doesn't negatively effect the other. As for Ubuntu not being easy to use? I would especially have to disagree with you there. Ubuntu is by far on of the essayist Linux distributions to use and I find it even simpler than Windows.
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Oh the irony.
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    A lot of how good it turns out depends on how the Ubuntu is developed for these devices. Dell made a horrible scenario for its Ubuntu based PC's while it sold them, and drivers, and software required for the OS was a real nightmare and not well supported in the community.

    If they release all developed drivers, and are transparent it could be a success. The first thing I'd do in any case though is remove Ubuntu - you can do so much better for these sorts of devices by using a less intensive and resource hungry DE. Xubuntu would have been a better option in my opinion.

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