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 PostPost subject: PC World pulls Linux Netbooks from it's stores        Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:53 am 
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Source: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-308158.html
PC World, the UK's biggest computing retailer, is to stop selling Linux netbooks in its stores.

Jeremy Fennell, PC World's category director, said in a statement on Monday that all the netbooks in PC World's stores will feature Microsoft Windows. He also said the chain will no longer stock netbooks with screens measuring less than 10 inches.

"Despite initial hype that netbooks would move more users onto the Linux platform, Microsoft has emerged as the preferred operating system because Windows makes it easier to share content and provides customers with a simpler, more familiar computing experience on the move," Fennell said.

See Also: Windows 7's netbook success is no slam-dunk

Customers want a "decent, usable" screen size and keyboard and a software system they are familiar with, Fennell added. "The screen size is important as customers want to be able to view pages easily, but the netbook also needs to be small enough to fit in a handbag. The 10-inch models fit the bill perfectly," he said.

PC World is owned by the electronics giant DSG International, which also owns the Currys electrical chain. A spokesperson for DSG International told ZDNet UK that Currys stores would also stop stocking non-Windows netbooks. The online operations of both PC World and Currys will, however, continue to carry netbooks with Linux as the operating system and with smaller screens.

The spokesperson refused to give precise figures for DSG International's Linux netbook sales, but said they accounted for less than 10 percent of the group's netbook sales.

DSG International's decision to drop Linux netbooks from its stores drew swift praise from Microsoft. Company blogger Brandon LeBlanc said the trend of "customers demanding Windows for its ease of use, compatibility and simplicity" was not unique to the UK, but was happening in the US as well.

"The latest data from NPD's retail tracking service showed that Windows now account for a whopping 98 percent of all small notebook PCs sales at retail in the US," LeBlanc wrote in a blog posted on Monday. "I think it's important to note that all of this momentum is happening before Windows 7 is even out! When Windows 7 does arrive (special report) […] I think the demand for Windows on these devices will increase even more."

Last year, PC manufacturer MSI said its Linux netbooks had four times the return rate of its Windows netbooks. Ubuntu sponsor Canonical said in October that the higher Linux return rates could be attributed to "teething problems" with running the operating system on netbooks.

On Wednesday, Canonical spokesman Gerry Carr said Microsoft had "the distribution, connections and relationships in place" to ensure Windows dominance in retail stores, but suggested that it was a different story with online sellers.

"There's a big disparity between physical store and online stores," Carr said, adding that 30 percent of the netbooks Dell sold online used Ubuntu Linux rather than Windows.

Carr also pointed out that, while there was a great deal of buzz around Windows 7, this week's Computex show in Taiwan included many manufacturers showing off new Linux-based netbooks and smartbooks.

"The IT industry is converging around different non-Microsoft-based platforms," Carr said. "Any thought that the war is over is a bit like George Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' statement."



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 PostPost subject: Re: PC World pulls Linux Netbooks from it's stores        Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:02 pm 
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Good. It would be immature to sell the consumers notebooks with Linux preinstalled at this point - it's just not ready.


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People will pay a premium for familiarity, quite happily too. That alone only goes to prove just how unfriendly Linux is, when people would rather PAY for the alternative.

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 PostPost subject: Re: PC World pulls Linux Netbooks from it's stores        Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:21 pm 
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People also pay a premium to use a operating system that doesn't require a degree in computer science to change the volume.

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 PostPost subject: Re: PC World pulls Linux Netbooks from it's stores        Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:26 pm 
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People will pay a premium for familiarity, quite happily too. That alone only goes to prove just how unfriendly Linux is, when people would rather PAY for the alternative.


Not really, have any of you ever heard of Apple?

Have any of you used Linux distros recently? Have you used the ones bundled with netbooks? All netbooks are meant to do is get people online and they do that just fine. Even Intel is jumping on the Linux bandwagon.


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 PostPost subject: Re: PC World pulls Linux Netbooks from it's stores        Posted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:33 am 
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Yes I've heard of Apple, what is your point? People pay a premium for Apple products and people continue to buy Apple because they are familiar with Apple products. Hell I know a couple of people that have been buying Apple since the original Macintosh. Same goes for Windows. Yes I have used Linux recently, I use Fedora pretty regularly, again what's your point? Why do you suppose people choose NOT to buy a netbook with Linux? Why do you suppose people who do often return them shortly afterwards? Could it be because they are not familiar with it and cannot be bothered learning just to do simple things like email and surfing that they already know how to do in Windows? I would suggest yes and it would seem that retailers think the same also.

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I wasn't really arguing that, I was trying to point out that you put these two contrasting statements right next to each other.

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People will pay a premium for familiarity, quite happily too. That alone only goes to prove just how unfriendly Linux is, when people would rather PAY for the alternative.


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How are they contrasting? Linux is unfriendly and people would rather pay for familiarity than have a free but unfriendly alternative. The fact that they pay for that familiarity proves the unfriendliness, otherwise they'd be happy with the free alternative. It's not rocket science.

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Yet another demonstration of the Microsoft Corporation's iron fist in the fields of new consumer electronics. I was really hoping that netbooks would be how Linux got it's head in the ring.

But now, with all the limitations Microsoft managed to impose upon the industry, Linux will be the only thing that will run on these "netbooks". With Microsoft only allowing their products to be installed on netbooks with <1gb RAM, it won't take much to draw te-heir latest operating systems to a crawl. Their latest restriction, barring netbooks from using hybrid storage confuses me, can anyone shed some light on that?

Note: Sorry for any typing errors, I was typing this on my lnux-powered Noia n800.


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