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[Mentioned before, but in the news again:]

Chinese supplier offers 'cheapest' Linux laptop

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| Dubbed the Alpha 400, the Eee PC-like machine sports a 7in, 800 x 480 display
| but is based not on an x86 processor but a 400MHz, 32-bit XBurst chip. It's
| got 128MB of memory and 1GB of Flash storage.
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http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/05...eap_eee_clone/

Commercial Linux on the Rise in China

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| Linux's market value in China is growing, according to CCID Consulting, owing
| to growing approval from government, finance, telecoms and post services.
| Linux is also making inroads to the desktop in China, mostly from smaller PC
| manufacturers. In addition, mobile devices are a widening market for Linux.
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/63112.html

MSI's Atom-based Laptop to Debut in US This June at $549

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| The other version of Wind will use Novell's SUSE Linux OS and cost $399.
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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...ne_at_549.html


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
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