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Could the EEE 900 be the School Computer of the Future?

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| The user interface is pretty interesting, and while much has been made of the
| tabs at the top of the screen in lieu of a traditional desktop, what I found
| most interesting was the fact that Asus blatantly mimicked the Windows XP
| theme as far as buttons and menu bars (see pictures below). It's an
| interesting way to go, trying to lessen the Linux shock for newcomers by
| making things at least appear to be the same, but I suppose that's a topic
| for another time. In any case, I had a few people who needed help noticing
| the tabs at the top of the screen, but once they saw them nobody had any
| trouble finding what they needed. Seemed to be effective, if not exactly
| expected.
| [...]
| Despite my own reservations about the eee 900, since I started loaning it out
| to teachers last week it's gotten nothing but positive results. Women
| especially seem to like it (maybe because they can see carrying it in a
| purse?) which is good since 80% of our staff is female. I think the reason
| for this is twofold: first, they really do like the small form factor offered
| by the eee.


Also some press coverage here:

RIM Blackberry Versus Asus Eee PC and other UMPCs: What do we really need?

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| Intel Celeron M ULV 900MHz Processor, Integrated Intel GMA 900 GPU, 4GB of
| Flash-based storage (SSD), 512MB of DDR2 RAM (667MHz), Xandros Linux OS (Asus
| customized), 7-inch screen with 800 x 480 resolution, 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA
| monitor out, headphone jack, microphone input, SD card reader (SDHC
| compatible), Kensington lock slot, Ethernet 10/100, 0.3 MP Webcam, 3.5 hours
| battery life on a charge, Wireless 802.11b/g Atheros, Keyboard and Touchpad,
| 2 lbs in weight.



Microsoft worried over Linux ULPCs

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| An un-named Microsoft official quoted in the original article claims that
| manufacturers currently offering Linux on their low-cost devices “have made
| some good inroads with open-source, and Microsoft wants to put a stop to it.”


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.


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