It looks like Asus is not planning to kill its Linux Eee PC models for northern Europe as I reported yesterday. Some reports had quoted an Asus spokesperson as saying that the company would not be offering its custom version of Xandros Linux on Eee PCs in Denmark and certain other northen European countries. But apparently that was a “misunderstanding.”
Asus spent a fair bit of time developing a custom version of Xandros designed to make the Linux distribution as easy as possible to use for people who had no experience with Linux or even folks who had little experience with computers. The custom “easy mode” interface was available on the earliest Asus Eee PC models released in the fall of 2007. Other Linux distributions including Linpus Linux Lite and Ubuntu Netbook Remix have taken cues from Asus by building their own custom program launchers with large easy to understand icons for commonly used applications.
That said, a year after the launch of the first Linux-based netbooks Asus, Acer, Dell, and Toshiba officials all say that they sell far more netbooks running Windows XP than Linux. Acer and Toshiba say more than 90% of the mini-laptops they ship are running Windows XP.