Feeds

Eee PC series to get Windows 7 but not Vista, says CEO

Dismissed Linux high return rate claim

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Asus CEO Jerry Shen has denied claims that consumers are sending back more Linux netbooks than they're returning Windows-based models.

Speaking in an interview with Laptop Magazine, Shen said return rates were the same for both operating systems.

"I believe the Linux and Windows have similar return rates," he said, adding that the Linux option was particularly popular in Europe.

It has been claimed that vendors say Linux returns are higher. That's not entirely surprising, perhaps, and no reflection on Linux but on non-technical buyers' expectations that any computer they buy will automatically run Windows apps out of the box.

Shen stressed the provision of the Eee PC's simplified user interface, called Easy Mode, implying that for many buyers this presents all the features they need, ensuring they're not forced deeper into the OS.

He promised a version of Easy Mode that will run on Windows XP later this quarter.

This is interesting, as it will effectively remove all but one difference between the two strands of Eee PC: compatility with apps and some hardware that punters already have. If buyers don't plan to install new apps - and, as appliances, netbooks shouldn't need new apps, though alas many do - Easy Mode for Windows XP will make the underlying OS an irrelevance. In which case, why pre-install Windows at all?

Well, some people want it, for starters, and Shen said the Eee line will gain Windows 7 "in the second half of next year".

"For now it will be Linux and XP and then Windows 7 and not Vista," he said.

Eee PC Reviews
Eee PC 1000
Eee PC 904H
Eee PC 901
Eee PC 900
Eee PC 701/4G

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.