In an article in the Asian business publication Tech-on reporter Tomohiro Otsuki writes:
Retailers and contract manufacturers in Taiwan say that novice PC users there, like students and housewives, tend to buy the Linux version of the Eee PC701, while geeks go for Windows XP.
Does that sound backwards?
Yet a quick look at Amazon shows that Asus Eee’s with XP roughly $35-$100 more than their Linux brethern. Housewives know a bargain when they see one.
Or… to take another shot in the dark, is it that students and housewives are so unfamiliar with XP that the difference between XP and Linux is negligible?
Although, another factor to take into account is that the flavor of Linux on the eee pc has been advertised as simple and straightforward.