'Yeah, I hear that Linux desktops may hit 1% of the market soon...'
'Interesting...so how are they tracking that?'
*shrug*'I think that they're planning on tracking installs on the hardware so that they have a better idea.'
'What on the new Dell Linux PCs?'
'No, those other linux pcs.'
'The XO Laptop?'
'No, the other ones'
'The Asus ones?'
Regardless, the following hardware review for the Asus EEE PC came out of right field:
I have been waiting for the eee pc since I saw a blurb about it in, of all places, Vogue. They were pushing it as a computer that fits in your clutch, and since I travel a lot, I was salivating.
I am writing on it now, and I am just thrilled with it. It does indeed fit into my purse (it's about the size of a small-ish notebook or journal) and my wifi connection worked right away when I opened it up. I've been using the battery for about 2 hours so far and it's still at 40% power, so that looks promising.
Did I miss something? Since when are Linux computers featured in Vogue? Since when do people give glowing reviews for Linux hardware on Amazon?
And since when does my sister print out a Tux pumpkin stencil for Halloween?
But this reminds me of a point in my life from a long time ago. A point where I looked around and said 'there's no way that people are actually going to start using the internet, but boy it would be cool if they did'.
So now I'm thinking, 'There's no way that people are actually going to start using Linux, but boy it would be cool if they did'.
UPDATE Nov 7, 2007:
Great article on Forbes regarding the Asus Eee PC and the technical, cultural, economic hurdles involved: http://members.forbes.com/global/2007/1112/024a.html
Also, my friend Scott has almost simultaneously blogged about the XO Laptop!
The idea virus is go!