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Linux Notebooks Selling Well On Amazon Germany 207

christian.einfeldt writes "The blog points out that Linux notebooks are currently selling quite well on Amazon's list in Germany. The blog includes screenshots showing the Linux Asus and Aspire notebooks in positions 2 and 4, respectively, on that list. These machines are not netbooks, but full notebooks, albeit on the moderate to low side regarding price and performance. That blog was dated 23 July 2009, and the Asus machine is still holding second place more than one day later, while the Acer machine slipped to fifth position, despite the volatile nature of Amazon bestseller lists. While these two data points are just snapshots in time, they are consistent with other data showing that Microsoft itself attributes some of its recent weak earnings to surging sales of low-end notebooks, as well as data showing that the Linux-powered and Unix-powered computers topped Amazon's sales charts in all categories for 2007. If there is to ever be a 'year of desktop (or laptop) Linux', it won't happen all at once, but will creep up in ways similar to what we are seeing now."
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Linux Notebooks Selling Well On Amazon Germany

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  • cheap laptop (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 26, 2009 @05:04AM (#28825405)

    I'd buy one with Linux too. Then promptly put a pirate copy of Windows on it. It's the cheaper way to get the same thing.

  • by Jaro ( 4361 ) on Sunday July 26, 2009 @05:58AM (#28825625)

    If you take the time and have the language skills to the read the comment you'll see that at least 75% of the comments are related to how people can install XP/Vista or reports by people who report how easy it was to install XP/Vista. People just buy these notebooks to get the cheap hardware without included Microsoft licensing costs and the throw their pirated copy of Windows on them. And those people who actually use Linux will probably install their own preferred flavor of Linux on it. The product description even says "XP/Vista drivers included". So get real - this is not a Linux revolution, people are not switching to Linux, they are just running because these things are cheap! So real lesson we learn: People like to buy cheap notebooks and install Windows on their own, instead of buy more expensive notebooks with the Microsoft licensing costs already included.

  • by Nerdfest ( 867930 ) on Sunday July 26, 2009 @10:03AM (#28826601)
    It sucks to pay the Windows tax. There seems to b a bit more hope for those of us that would like to get the laptops without paying the cost of a copy of Windows that we're not going to use, and is non-transferable (Amazon UK, and maybe Dell).
  • by sgtrock ( 191182 ) on Sunday July 26, 2009 @11:01AM (#28827065)

    Anyone referencing MSI's lousy distribution and support on their netbooks as a reason for Linux not being a viable offering while simultaneously ignoring Dell's continued success in selling Ubuntu based netbooks, laptops, and desktops is either (a) ignorant of the facts or (b) a deliberate troll. On the off chance that you are the former, I suggest you google Dell, linux, netbook and read through a few stories. (One of my personal favorites is the second one that showed up when I just tried the search. This one [].) It is not only possible to successfully sell Linux, apparently Dell has found it to be very easy. :-)

    So, who am I going to believe who understands the Linux market? A copmpany that threw out a half hearted, poorly thought out attempt to jump into a new market, or a company that actually /asked/ people what they wanted and then crafted a business strategy to capitalize on what people told them?

Some people manage by the book, even though they don't know who wrote the book or even what book.