UK Retailer Recalls Webbook – Linux Not Popular
It seems like consumers aren’t quite as ready to pick up a netbook running Linux and use it happily, as one UK retailer had hoped they would be. Windows OS seems to be the OS that Carphone Warehouse customers prefer anyway. The company are recalling it’s own brand of netbooks (their ‘webbook’) from every store in order to replace them with a more ‘consumer friendly’ netbook with Windows OS installed.
The recall isn’t due to any fault with the units, it’s simply a response to their customers who are finding the Linux operating system confusing and many are actually returning the netbook because of it. CW are footing the bill for the recall and subsequent installation of the new OS which according to Mobile Today will cost around £25 per netbook to license them with Windows XP.
The 10.2 inch CW netbook was released in July and is a unit built by Elonex for the UK retailer. Consumer demand has been good for the netbooks which is offered free with mobile broadband subscriptions. The retailer is now offering other models including a Toshiba NB100 and the Asus Eee PC 701 model.