Apparently a certain harware store have decided that they will not sell machines with Linux. In Taiwan Asus appears determined to abandon Linux. I do not have much to say about it really... Apart from this:
Fill a room with nothing but bananas and let the monkeys in. Count the number of apples they eat and you'll understand that all monkeys prefer bananas. Monkeys are obviously extremely intelligent and know their fruitbasket. No need for apples.