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The computer for the people, by the people

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| Curiously, despite its size and cheapness, it actually packs in more features
| than more expensive rivals. This is because most of its innards - such as the
| Linux operating system - are open source, created for nothing by the world's
| geeks. They should have a statue somewhere - like the fourth plinth in
| Trafalgar Square.
|
| In the past, as a non-geek, I have always had trouble installing Linux, but
| when it is bundled into a computer you don't realise it is there. There is a
| Windows version of the Asus, but who needs its complexity when you can have a
| problem-free operating system in a computer with no moving parts?
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...omputing.linux

Enabling Advanced Desktop Mode on the Eee PC 900

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| Problem solved! I am now enjoying the full desktop and I don’t have any
| problems switching from the tabbed interface to the full desktop mode by just
| hitting the power button. Going back to the tabbed interface, however,
| requires me to shut down the computer. Any tips from the crowd as to how to
| get the machine to boot directly into advanced desktop mode?
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http://blog.laptopmag.com/enabling-a...the-eee-pc-900

Boot the Eee PC's Xandros Desktop in Full-KDE Mode

http://www.laptopmag.com/advice/tips...ve.aspx?page=6

Eee PC Face-Off: Eee PC 701 vs. Eee PC 900

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| Battles fought on paper amount to squat, so we decided to pit our
| fresh-out-the-box Eee PC 900 against the original Eee PC 701 (both with
| Xandros Linux) in a knock-down, drag-out brawl to determine which
| mini-notebook is the Eee PC champ—and which deserves your hard-earned dollar.
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http://www.laptopmag.com/review/lapt...ee-pc-701.aspx


Recent:

Microsoft U-turn to stop Linux dominating ultra low cost PCs

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| By offering Windows XP Home Edition at bargain prices, Microsoft hopes to
| secure its place in the ULPC market and reduce the use of Linux, according to
| an official at one PC maker, who asked not to be identified because he was
| not authorised to discuss the programme.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/techn...fm?newsid=9006


Microsoft to limit capabilities of cheap laptops

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| Microsoft plans to offer PC makers steep discounts on Windows XP Home Edition
| to encourage them to use that OS instead of Linux on ultra low-cost PCs
| (ULPCs). To be eligible, however, the PC vendors that make ULPCs must limit
| screen sizes to 10.2 inches and hard drives to 80G bytes, and they cannot
| offer touch-screen PCs.
|
| The program is outlined in confidential documents that Microsoft sent to PC
| makers last month, and which were obtained by IDG News Service. The goal
| apparently is to limit the hardware capabilities of ULPCs so that they don't
| eat into the market for mainstream PCs running Windows Vista, something both
| Microsoft and the PC vendors would want to avoid.
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft notes that the OSes under consideration for the devices include
| Windows and Linux. Some PC makers have expressed a preference for Linux
| because it helps them keep down the cost of the devices.
|
| [...]
|
| By offering Windows XP Home Edition at bargain prices, Microsoft hopes to
| secure its place in the ULPC market and reduce the use of Linux, according to
| an official at one PC maker, who asked not to be identified because he was
| not authorized to discuss the program.
|
| "[Low-cost PC makers] have made some good inroads with open-source, and
| Microsoft wants to put a stop to it," the official said.
|
| The official did not seem opposed to the program. It should stimulate more
| competition between Windows and Linux in the ULPC market, and it could
| invigorate sales because consumers who want an easy-to-use PC are likely to
| prefer Windows, the official said.
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http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=D04...0F5F4479DEEE86


Microsoft dropped Vista hardware spec to raise Intel profits

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/200...apable_emails/


Microsoft 'Caves' To Intel

http://www.forbes.com/2008/02/28/mic...rtner=yahootix


Has Vista lost all credibility?

http://apcmag.com/8344/has_vista_lost_all_credibility

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