Asustek Computer (Asus) predicts the Eee PC it has started selling with Microsoft Windows XP Home edition on board will outsell the original Linux-based version by a ratio of 6 to 4 by the end of this year, a heady prediction considering the Windows machine costs nearly twice as much as the cheapest Linux one.
The company has forecast Eee PC shipments at around 5 million units this year. Based on the 6 to 4 ratio the company predicts, Asus could ship around 3 million Windows Eee PCs and 2 million Linux ones.
"A lot of people have been waiting for the Windows version," said Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus, at a news conference in Taipei on Thursday.
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