IDF - Adobe, RealNetworks Back Linux on MIDs

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| Adobe Systems and RealNetworks are backing Intel's drive to put Linux on
| Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and will offer versions of AIR and RealPlayer,
| respectively, for handheld devices that use the open-source operating system,
| the chip maker said.

MontaVista Software Provides Embedded Linux Commercialization for New Intel(R)
Atom(TM) Processor Z500 Series

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| MontaVista® Software, Inc., the leader in embedded Linux® commercialization,
| today announced the immediate availability of a MontaVista embedded Linux
| software platform to support the new Intel® Atom™ processor Z500 series.

Adobe, RealNetworks back Linux on MIDs

Intel announces first Atom chips


Ultra-mobile future beckons for PCs

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| The desktop PC's days of dominance could be numbered as laptops and
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| ultra-mobile PCs begin to reap the benefit of ever greater, and more
| efficient, computing power.

WIBRAIN to launch its low priced UMPC 'B1L'

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| WIBRAIN( announced the launch of its entry-level UMPC ‘B1L’
| in Korea market, which runs on Ubuntu Linux as well as supports Microsoft
| Office software.

CES: Intel Embraces Mobile Linux Audio Production

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| Quick: you’ve got to sell UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC’s) to a mass market! How to
| do it? Well, Intel decided to show off pro audio and music production on the
| Linux-based Transmission, from Trinity Audio, as we saw earlier this week.
| I’m not entirely sure what got Intel thinking our geeky way, but I’m going to
| enjoy it while it lasts. And in all seriousness, Linux really an ideal OS
| choice here, because of its ability to be customized to the application.
| [...]
| Trinity has sent us some photos of the Intel booth at CES. Yes, Linux audio
| is getting some wider exposure. And even if you’re attached to Mac or Windows
| as your desktop/laptop platform, a mobile Linux device could be an ideal
| companion in the near future. We’ll have a chance to look at Trinity’s own
| device next week at NAMM and see how it stacks up.

Running Linux on the Samsung Q1U UMPC

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| Back in October 2007 I reviewed the Samsung Q1U UMPC for
| While I love some features of XP Tablet, such as the handwriting recognition
| software, I'm not a regular user of Windows and I've been looking forward to
| converting the Q1U to my preferred operating system, Linux.

Whatever Happened To The Origami?

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| Ultimately Origami is a classic example of how a viral buzz can
| work against a product release. Expectations were too high and the
| final product was puzzling and didn't fulfill any specific consumer
| demand. By the time the systems were actually released the hype had
| died down and there was practically zero consumer awareness. I've
| actually considered the possibility that the viral Origami campaign
| was a warm-up for the Zune campaign that followed later in the summer.

Microsoft Kills Origami, Presents Vistagami

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| Microsoft Corp., the pioneer behind the Ultra Mobile PC movement
| (Origami), is more or less killing the original concept and
| coming up with a more upbeat version.

Original 'Origami' team moves to a new secret project

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| This "secret project" could be nothing more than a lot of hype --
| as was the "Origami Project" (which morphed into the
| less-than-well-received Ultramobile PCs).

Has Intel Given up on the UMPC as a Mass Market Device?

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| I remember being struck by the idea that the device didn't quite know if
| it was a business or consumer tool, and at more than $1000, I couldn't
| see many people running out to buy one. Seems I was right (nice to be
| right once in a while). According to Gruener's article, Intel has
| decided to scrap the UMPC (or at least send it to the niche market
| pile) in favor a new mass-market device it's dubbing the Mobile
| Internet Device or MID (because we couldn't do this without
| another acronym).

Linux-powered Mobile Internet Device video walkthrough

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| The finalized product could obviously change ever-so-sightly between
| now and then, but regardless, be sure to click on through for an
| in-action look at Intel's Linux-based MID, and try not to become
| too envious, capiche?

The UMPC dies. And no one notices.

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| If Intel has its way, then what once was the mass market UMPC will
| morph into much smaller and less powerful "mobile Internet devices,"
| hort "MID".
| [...]
| There must have been a slight disconnect between Microsoft's
| marketing strategists and hardware and product designers.
| Neither the first nor the second generation of UMPCs came
| close to the expectations the initial marketing created.

UMPC News : New Linux distro for MIDs to be launched in May. Redflag
Mid Linux

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| The new distro will have a 500MB footprint, will support
| power-saving features, boot time is shown as 18 seconds on
| one of the slides.

Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be? *
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.