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Windows XP based ASUSTek EeePC 900 cheaper than Linux one

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At a Sydney launch event for the much-anticipated Eee PC 900 model, local product manager Albert Liang revealed that the XP model would sell for $599 in Australia, while the Linux model would be $649. To cover the licence cost associated with Windows XP Home and Microsoft Works — which replace a custom version of the Xandros Linux distribution and OpenOffice — the XP model has just 12GB of storage, while the Linux version has 20GB.
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Wow 20GB SSD.....But...no Atom?!?!?
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Wonder how much MS is selling the licenses for. I bet they are almost giving it away in an attempt to keep the Linux one from gaining a foothold. I know I would if I were them.
    
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Yeah. Considering the fact that Windows runs slower on the EEEpc, and uses up more space, and has a smaller drive, I'd say the Linux version is still a better buy.

Then again, I would say that.
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Lol linux version more expensive
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Originally Posted by Traeumt View Post
Lol linux version more expensive
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The Linux version is named the EeePC 900 and comes with a 20 GB SSD, while the Windows XP version is named the EeePC 900 Win and has a 12 GB SSD.
That's why. But it's very strange, XP is $180, thus 8GB more SSD will compensate this $180 and Linux and Windows should be at the same price...
The odd thing is that as if Windows XP is free with the sub-laptop (maybe because Microsoft soon stops sales of XP).

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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...m_in_june.html
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Acer plans to launch its first ultra-low-cost laptop PC armed with Intel's Atom microprocessor at the Computex trade show in Taipei this June, the company's chairman said Wednesday.
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Asus CEO Jerry Shen also stated that future models of the 900 will be powered by Intel's Atom processor, but will initially use the same processor as the 701.
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What would be the cheapest you could buy XP for in the US?
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On Newegg:
XP Home retail is $190
XP Home OEM is $90
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So it's basically $140 for the extra 8GB of storage.
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I would not be surprised if MS actually pays to have Windows installed on them.
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