Feeds

Asus to offer Linux-less Eee PCs globally

XP to be pre-installed

Top three mobile application threats

Asus has formally announced it will begin offering outside of Japan its tiny Eee PC laptop with Windows XP pre-installed in place of the Linux distro it's offered to date.

That's not to say the Eee will not ship with Linux. While Asus was a little vague on the matter, it's likely it will offer the Eee in multiple forms, some with XP, others with Linux.

When Asus rolled out the Eee in Japan back in January it offered the sub-notebook with XP as its primary OS. There the 4GB machine is dubbed the 4G-X to distinguish it from the regular, Linux-based 4G model.

Asus Eee PC 701

Asus Eee PC and pal: happy with Linux, thank you

Asus has always offered Windows drivers for the Eee's various hardware components, allowing folk who preferred XP to buy the OS and install it on their own.

However, way back in October 2007, shortly after it released the machine as a Linux-only box, the company said it planned to offer the Eee with Windows pre-installed at some point in the future.

At the time, Microsoft seems shocked that anyone would want to offer a PC without Vista and pledged to help Asus work to cram the new OS onto the Eee's small solid-state drive. So it's interesting that this week's announcement centres not on Vista but its predecessor.

Asus didn't say when it will begin offering Eees with XP pre-installed, or how much extra that version of the computer will cost. This week it also took the wraps off the second-generation Eee, a larger model with an 8.9in, 1024 x 600 display, 1-2GB of memory and 8-12GB of solid-state storage.

Editors' Blog: Eee PC: better with Windows?

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code
Slow and kludgy rollout will protect corporate profits
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Sony battery recall as VAIO goes out with a bang, not a whimper
The perils of having Panasonic as a partner
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.