Asus and Microsoft Launch Anti-Linux Netbook Campaign

Back when the whole netbook started, Asus was king of the hill with a focus on netbooks with Linux pre-installed. Since they were quite popular, it didn’t take long for Microsoft to start working with Asus to “port” Windows XP to the Asus line of netbooks, and with that, to other netbooks as well. The result has been that Linux netbooks are now harder to find for many people. While Dell committed to Linux on netbooks, Asus decided to skip the first date and go to bed with Microsoft.

Asus and Microsoft have launched a joint advertising campaign to promote netbooks with Windows. It’s basically Asus and Microsoft saying that netbooks are better with Windows – that is, better than netbooks with Linux. “Windows helps you easily get online and connect to your devices and services – without having to deal with a unknown environment or major compatibility issues.” Keep in mind that the focus is on them, not us. Here’s the teeth-grinding video that’s part of the campaign.

It’s interesting how a vendor can go from being one of the first computer manufacturers capable of shipping Linux to a non-techie audience, like what we see here today.

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