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Apricot Dumps Linux From Netbooks, Says OS's Too Complicated

1980's Tech Darling Apricot dropped Linux out of its Picobook Pro Netbook in a bid to ensure "customers have a smooth installation of their operating system".

Speaking to Theregister (opens in new tab), Apricot said that the Open Source alternative operating system was too complicated to use and that Windows XP (home edition, mind you) was the only other alternative out there.

The company is also slashing the cost of the XP version from £328 to £299, bringing in line with the rest of the competition. The Linux version, which proved to be unpopular with the system testers, was going to be sold for £279.

It might have something to do with the fact that Linux-based Netbooks are apparently four times more likely to be returned although Asus, the most popular Netbook seller, says that it did not notice any increased return rates for Linux.

The device which was released only last week comes with a VIA processor, 1GB RAM and a 60GB hard disk drive and is a clone of the Everex Cloudbook which was announced back in December 2007.

In comparison, Asus offers a more powerful Asus EEE PC 904 HD netbook for £269.99.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.