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ASUS Eee Box gets unboxed in Australia at last!

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| While the Windows version comes with an 80GB hard drive, the Linux version
| could come with an SSD instead, as with the Eee Notebooks, but Carr couldn’t
| confirm absolutely at this stage – clearly decisions on Linux specs are still
| being made.



ASUS is now under pressure by Microsoft, which "tied them up" (see below) like
a dirty monopolist.


More evidence of Microsoft "tying up" the Asus EeePC

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| Then, one of the makers of Netbooks will release a fantastic product using
| the paid Ubuntu/Netbook Remix, which will make us all forget about the EeePC
| — or, maybe we’ll remember it as one of the makers which used GNU/Linux in
| order to launch a product, and then gave in to Microsoft’s pressure.
| The real question is: will the next maker manage to resist Microsoft’s
| pressure? Or will everybody end up closely tied up with Microsoft?


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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| 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.


Otellini: 'MID revolution will be centred round Linux'

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| Intel CEO says Microsoft's insistence on pushing Vista will hand market to
| open source rival
| Intel's CEO has said that he sees the revolution that is about to happen
| around mobile internet devices (MID) such as the Eee PC and other Atom-based
| sub-notebooks will be "centred round Linux", in an interview with Associated
| Press.


Acer bets big on Linux

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| Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and
| netbooks.


Microsoft sees slide in profits

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