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High capacity hard disk drive for Eee PC

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| Eee Connect application (available only on Eee PC running GNU Linux) is handy
| because it offers an easy and intuitive way for two or more users to remotely
| connect to each other’s Eee Pcs.
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http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=24915

Netbooks to blame for loss of revenues, says Quanta

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| Sound Paradoxical? More units shipped, but less revenue coming in. This is a
| predicament which many a computer company is finding itself in lately as,
| increasingly, people pass up on spending a fortune on super fast quad-corePCs
| to buy little crotch-warming netbooks instead.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquir...-loss-revenues

Acer raises UK prices

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| Acer UK is raising PC trade prices on Monday, September 15 and is blaming the
| dollar-sterling exchange rate for the move.
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http://www.channelregister.co.uk/200...k_price_rises/

Good for these GNU/Linux-only PCs from China.


Recent:

$98 Linux Laptop - The HiVision miniNote

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| HiVision CO., LTD makes one of the worlds cheapest Linux laptops at $98 using
| a new cheaper chipset, WiFi, 1GB flash storage, it runs Linux, 3 USB ports,
| Ethernet, SDHC card reader, audio in and out. Voice-chat, Skype, multi-tabbed
| Firefox browser support, Abiword for word processing.
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http://techvideoblog.com/ifa/98-linu...sion-mininote/


Related:

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 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
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