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Eee PC S101 - genuinely mobile Net PC

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| Catering to users across the full spectrum of experience levels, the Eee PC™
| S101 is available with either Microsoft® Windows® or GNU Linux.
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http://www.gizmag.com/eee-pc-s101-ge...-net-pc/10175/

What is a Netbook computer?

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| Frequently the Linux based Netbooks employ SSDs whereas the Windows XP models
| use a standard hard disk. The reasons for this include: Windows XP needs more
| storage space, SSDs are more expensive and Windows itself is more expensive
| than Linux.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13554_3-10063963-33.html


Recent:

Mandriva unveils Linux for netbooks

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| Linux publisher Mandriva has unveiled a version of its platform designed
| specifically for the new breed of mini laptops.
|
| Mandriva Mini is aimed primarily at vendors of so-called 'netbooks', and is
| customised for this category of small form factor device, Mandriva said.
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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/22...linux-netbooks


Mandriva leaps into the netbook market with the GDium

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| Lately it's hard to avoid the buzz about netbooks - the small, cheap laptop
| systems that were popularized by the Asus Eee PC (which, of course, Mandriva
| Linux 2008 Spring supports very well). Many in the community have asked if
| Mandriva is going to get directly involved in this market. Well, the answer
| is yes! Mandriva is providing the innovative operating system for the
| upcoming GDium netbook system, produced by Emtec.
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http://club.mandriva.com/xwiki/bin/view/Main/GDiumInfo


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.
|
| [...]
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| 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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