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Editor's Note: It Is A War

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| FOSS keeps people honest. That's the #1 reason there is such strong,
| well-funded opposition to it. Honesty is Kryptonite to anyone who makes their
| living peddling lies. The big lie that gets my goat every time is these big
| tech companies that continually boast of their innovation. All they innovate
| are stagnation and barriers to innovation. The poster child for this is the
| OLPC (One Laptop Per Child). Whatever you may think of OLPC itself, it
| spawned the netbook revolution. All those titans of industry have had the
| resources since forever to invent the netbook on their own. They all
| badmouthed and undermined OLPC. Now they can't crank out their own OLPC
| ripoffs fast enough.


Shoot For the Clouds

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| The bigger the better? Not when you're trying to reach the next level of
| portability
| [...]
| A netbook is usually about the size of that '80s-era Model 100 but has
| infinitely more functionality. These cloudbooks aren't meant to be your only
| PC—although I do know someone who spends all day on the Linux-based Eee PC
| 701 Asus that was introduced late last year and has a 7-inch display and a
| chic-let keyboard.
| Asus sold 1 million of those, but its new Atom-based Eee 901, 1000 and 1000
| (H) have 8.9- to 10-inch widescreens, a choice of Windows or Linux, up to
| 40GB of solid-state flash storage and up to nearly eight hours of battery
| life. Starting at $599, they still have that chiclet keyboard and weigh 3
| pounds or less.
| With a very similar Atom- and Linux-based clamshell, Acer's new Aspire One
| retails for only $379 but doesn't have 8GB of Flash or the Eee PC's 20GB of
| free online storage. It has the same inch-thin Daytimer form factor and
| webcam mounted atop its 8.9-inch backlit LED display for vlogging and
| videoconferences. With about an inch more width, Aspire One has a larger
| keyboard.



$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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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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