Feeds

Apricot drops 'too complicated' Linux from netbook line

Windows XP only from now on

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Apricot has pulled the plug on its Linux-based netbook, choosing instead to offer the pint-sized Picobook Pro only with Windows XP.

The Pro, which launched last week, was to be offered with a choice of XP and SuSE Linux Enterprise Edition - the latter priced at £279, the Windows model costing £328.

Yesterday, Apricot yanked the Linux release and dropped the price of the XP version to £299 - or raised the price of the cheapest model by 20 quid, if you prefer.

Apricot Picobook Pro

Apricot's Picobook Pro: Tux-less from now on

"Apricot will not be selling with Linux variants," a company missive revealed, which suggests it's not merely dropping SuSE for Ubuntu or another netbook-friendly distro.

"Apricot has made this decision to ensure customers have a smooth installation of their operating system," the company told Register Hardware.

"The Linux version proved too complicated with initial testers, who would opt to purchase and install XP any way.

"Apricot believes that this will be a more attractive product offering for their target customers, because as soon as it is switched on, it is ready for use."

This week, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said return rates on Linux-based netbooks were much the same as those of XP models.

The Picobook Pro is based on a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor and comes with 1GB of DDR 2 memory, a 60GB hard drive and all the usual Small, Cheap Computer accoutrements. It's available from Apricot's website

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015
Whoooah, my face is going all floppy with the speed
Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND
Startup penetrates the mind of Glassholes
'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap
Heartbleed-battered crypto library reveals long path back to health
Linux turns the crank on code for cars
Got a feel for your automobile
Google policy wonk patronises Brits over EU search biz probe
Downgrading rivals? Whetstone: 'I just don't think it's really true'
Victim of Tor-hidden revenge smut site sues Tor Project developers
But EFF lawyer says deep-web team 'no more liable' than web server makers
Chrome Remote Desktop adds Linux to supported OS list
Drive Debian from the confines of a Chromebook
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem
Only the Power of One delivers leading infrastructure convergence, availability and scalability with federation, and agility through data center automation.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.