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Demand for Linux PCs varies across Asia

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Linux-based PCs have reportedly been getting a bad rap for consumer resistance, but manufacturers say demand for them varies between the different Asian markets.

This follows recent remarks made by a Philippines-based Asus marketing manager, that the vendor was dropping Linux on all of its upcoming Eee PC models in the country because Filipinos are not taking to the Linux OS well.

However, Stephanie Lee, marketing specialist at the Southeast Asia Sales and Marketing Department of Asus, told ZDNet Asia, the Taiwanese PC maker is supplying equal ratios of Linux and Windows-based Eee PCs to the Singapore market, although the respective buyers seem polarized into two camps.

Lee said those buying Windows versions were looking for a familiar interface, while those with higher technological know-how bought Linux versions.

"People prefer to use interfaces that are familiar and do not really want to learn or change their habits," she said.

She said the return rate of Linux sets was not noticeable because buyers tended to have already been informed of the differences between the OSes before making their purchases, but added that Asus does advise customers on which models can support Windows, should they be interested in making the switch.

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