According to this article , the use of Linux in Eee PCs is not part of its success. It even mentions that Windows is requested more than Linux on the Eee. So, why is this?
In my opinion, this has to do with the fact that the Eee PC, when bought by non-Linux users, was purchased because it was a cool little device that could do email, web, and even edit documents. The best analogy I can think of to better explain my point is Tivo. Sure, it runs Linux, but is that really why people purchased the box?
People will buy whatever companies put out there that has a “cool” factor. As much as Xandros may have hoped, the major inroads made by using Linux inside the Eee has gone unnoticed by the general public. Once the option is given to rather uneducated users between Linux and Windows, you can only take a guess as to which most will use.