The VAR Guy, as you may have heard, left the states to visit
Australia this week. While wandering around Melbourne on October
26, The VAR Guy stumbled into Geek Central. The 13-year-old
company has three upscale retail locations in the area, servicing
consumers while also offering on-site IT support to small businesses.
Geek Central’s store had numerous Netbooks — those low-cost
sub-notebooks — on display. Fact is, Netbooks are everywhere in
Melbourne, with most local retailers carrying Asus’s Eee PC.
Now for the twist: Initially, Geek Central only carried Windows
XP-based Netbooks. But customer demand for Linux-based Netbooks
was overwhelming, according to Mike — a Geek Central mate who
gave The VAR Guy the scoop.
Within weeks of adding Linux Netbooks to Geek Central’s product
portfolio, the results were startling. Roughly one-third of the
Netbook sales involved Linux rather than Windows, according to
The VAR Guy’s local source.