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New Linux Distribution, Linpus, Goes Global

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| Linux is known for bundling a slew of desktop applications, and while Linpus
| and Linpus Lite are no exception, the selection is slightly uneven. The
| Linpus Lite customized by Acer includes Firefox 2, an instant messaging
| client, an e-mail client, an RSS reader and links to Wikipedia, Google Maps
| and Hotmail. OpenOffice.org 2.3, a contacts and calendar application, Media
| Master multimedia player, Photo Master picture manager, KolourPaint paint
| program and a slew of casual games (Tetris, anyone?) round out the list. A
| search box at the top of the screen in Simple mode doubles as both desktop
| (for local files) and Internet search.
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http://www.crn.com/software/210603900?cid=topicalFeed


Recent:

Aspire One: the netbook Eee PC killer from Acer?

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| The Aspire One is definitely a contender, coming with the Linpus version of
| Linux and enhanced with a friendly interface that looks graphically nicer
| than that which comes with the Xandros powered version of Linux on the Asus
| Eee PC.
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/19224/1103/


Acer's Linpus Linux Lite (Fedora) ultra portable laptop piles the pressure on
Microsoft

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| Gianpiero Morbello, Acer’s Vice President of Marketing and Brand, interviewed
| by vnunet, said, bluntly, that Acer “has shifted towards Linux because of
| Microsoft”.
|
| He didn’t elaborate but went on to say, perhaps more importantly,
| that “Microsoft has a lot of power” which could make things difficult for
| them but they were nevertheless “determined to develop the Linux market”.
| That’s pretty bold talk but as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is
| in the eating. We’ll have wait and see if they have the stomach for a
| showdown with Microsoft when the threats start to come. Perhaps they might
| start backsliding like Asus. In the real world, Microsoft has real power and
| it has never been slow or afraid to wield it when its commercial interests
| are threatened. Linpus Technologies haven’t been behind the door either. As
| the software vendors of Linpus Linux Lite they have pitched their product to
| GNU/LInux novices and experts alike
|
| [...]
|
| The HP 2133 is another well spec’d contender but it chose to install SUSE, a
| Novell product that is being currently boycotted by many in the Unix
| community because of its link up with……Microsoft.
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http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/...ortable_laptop


Acer punts £199... er... £220... er... Linux laptop

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| At launch, the company stated the basic version of the Eee PC rival would run
| Linux, pack in 8GB of solid-state storage and 512MB of memory, and sport a
| £199 price tag. Company officials stressed that that figure included VAT, the
| UK's 17.5 per cent sales tax.
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http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/07..._laptop_price/


Acer launches $500 Atom-powered Linux mini-note

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| Aspire One sports Intel’s Atom processor, an 8.9in screen and a $99 cashback
| deal on its $599 (Linux) and $699 (Windows XP) sticker price
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http://apcmag.com/Content.aspx?id=2556


Acer Aspire One

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| Many of us will be familiar with Linux-based operating systems, but
| relatively few of you will have seen the particular 'Linpus' implementation
| in the One. The home screen is divided into four sections: "Connect" for all
| Internet, instant messenger and email-related tasks; "Work" for accessing
| OpenOffice word processor, spreadsheet, presentation and database
| applications; "Fun" for the games, media player and photo management
| software; and "Files" for accessing your data. There's also a search bar at
| the top right that can be used to search the Internet directly or the files
| on the hard drives.
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http://www.cnet.com.au/laptops/lapto...9290036,00.htm


Acer bets big on Linux

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| Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and
| netbooks.
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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/22...hes-linux-hard


Microsoft sees slide in profits

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7366106.stm


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
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| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.
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http://www.news.com/Feeling-the-heat...tag=ne.fd.mnbc


Related:

Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.
|
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
|
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.
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http://www.techworld.com/opsys/news/...SS&NewsID=9579


Man wins damages from Acer over Windows refund

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| Initially, Acer had offered only €30 if the man returned elements of the
| install at his own expense .
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=42546
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