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Old 07-03-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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LXer: Netbooks: Five Reasons Why Windows Beats Linux

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During some recent trips to retail stores across North America, The VAR Guy spotted five clear examples why Windows will continue to dominate Linux on Netbooks. Here’s the scoop.

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Why is anyone surprised that retailers are resisting Linux netbooks? I can sum up the reason with one word: Money.

Margins on netbooks are incredibly thin, much thinner than the notebooks they are replacing. So lets looks at Linux vs XP netbook sale:

Netbook with XP: $300
Microsoft Office: $300
Antivirus: $80
Customer "Protection" Plan: $100

Netbook with Linux: $300
OpenOffice: Free
Antivirus: Free
Customer "Protection" plan: Free

So a store like BestBuy can make two to three times the amount of money on the same netbook just by installing XP on the thing. No mystery why Linux is nowhere to be seen in stores.


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