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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Considering that Dell recently asked its clients for their opinions on selling Linux-based notebooks, it was interesting to raise the same question to Taiwan-based notebook http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/add/storyplayers, and the results showed that branded players are more conservative than ODM manufacturers concerning adopting Linux compared with a Microsoft operating system (OS).
Branded makers indicated that it is rather difficult to change the standard since notebooks are mostly sold in mature markets that are already familiar with the Windows OS. Although the authorization fee for Microsoft's XP Professional edition is about US$140, with that for XP Home edition being at least US$85 - much more expensive for the basically free Linux-based OS – there are still issues concerning whether the Linux OS can support drivers for display chips, let alone for using advanced video applications or on-line games, the makers indicated.