Re: Asus Website on EeePC
2008-07-01 07:21:07 GMT
On Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:09 AM, Stephan M. February <stephanf-rdc5FV7LBygPGFelY5Zqew@public.gmane.org> wrote:
John Thng wrote:I would like to just jump in here and say that we should generally ease up on bashing Asus in this regard. Remember that Linux advocacy should try to be Pro-Linux and not Anti-MS.Ya, Linux can be "dumber" cos of the customised interface, or can be
And by the way, I hope they never forget the "roots" of Asus Eee ...
They use Linux word on general grounds ... Good points and bad points.
Because of the great difference in UI, they should name their distro as Asus
OS and promote as Asus OS instead of Linux ...
And why they specifically bold the words, Windows Live Mail in
It is noteworthy that Asus has kicked off a computing revolution with the Eee and the help of Linux. The fact that Linux was instrumental in this was not lost on the other comers to the market like e.g HP, who sold out their Linux versions of 2133 in the US - and currently has it on backorder (this reported on the latest Linux Action Show Podcast).
Asus has been an amazingly Linux-friendly company. This is especially brave in a hardware market where the mainstream kowtow's to Redmond.
I'm not so sure about that. I think Asus is more of "an accidental helper", than an actual friend (ie. they use linux because... well they have their commercial reasons ;)) If they really cared so much about opensource (or specifically Linux), they would not have bowed down to whoever wrote up that marketing copy.
That's number 1. Number 2 is them using a wireless chip for which there is no open documentation. Sure, we have the drivers - but what we have for that is primarily as a result of hard work reverse engineering. Bad.
Let us not now snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by bashing a valuable ally :).
Disclaimer: I have no afiliation with Asus whatsoever. The above opinions are my own, and obviously do not reflect official Asus policy.
In the meantime, here is your PSA:
"It's so hard to write a graphics driver that open-sourcing it would not help."
-- Andrew Fear, Software Product Manager, NVIDIA Corporation
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