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Netbooks: The Linux Trojan Horse

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| Having complete control over the hardware instantly gets rid of many of the
| common stumbling blocks new users face. Installing Linux hasn't been
| difficult for years, provided everything goes right.
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http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile...n-horse-479651

Microsoft Windows: The Beginning Of The End

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| Lost in the market panic last week were some critical details on Microsoft's
| conference call. In our opinion, these offered tangible evidence that the
| Windows monopoly that has carried the company since its inception is
| beginning to erode.
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http://www.alleyinsider.com/2008/10/...ing-of-the-end


Recent:

Netbooks Slam Shut On Vista Sales

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| Revenue from Microsoft's key Windows franchise grew just 2% in the most
| recent quarter as more PC buyers opted for smaller, more nimble,
| netbook-style devices that don't need a fat OS like Vista. Does Redmond have
| an answer for this trend?
|
| [...]
|
| Redmond's problem: An increasing number of computer buyers, mostly in
| high-growth, price-sensitive emerging markets, are realizing that they can
| get by with so-called netbooks for most of their online requirements. It's a
| fact that's leaving Windows Vista out in the cold in some of the world's
| fastest growing tech markets.
|
| Netbooks, from offshore manufacturers such as Taiwan's Asus, typically lack
| the horsepower to run the big and bulky Vista. But they're fully capable of
| performing routine computing tasks such as e-mailing, Web surfing, and
| instant messaging. Many models feature the free Linux OS.
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http://www.informationweek.com/blog/...ks_slam_s.html


Microsoft: NetBooks Affecting Windows Revenue

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| Matt Rosoff, an analyst with Kirkland, Wash.-based research firm Directions
| On Microsoft, said one area of concern for Microsoft is the falling
| percentage of premium priced versions of Windows versus non-premium versions,
| which could be the result of more people buying NetBooks.
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http://www.crn.com/software/211600321


Path:Real-Life Linux: The ASUS Eee PC 1000

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| The no-maintenance part was also important. Unlike any Windows machine, which
| requires monthly -- or even more frequent security updates -- to even pretend
| to be safe, not to mention added-cost and trouble anti-virus and anti-malware
| software, Linux has security baked-in.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/15282...ml?tk=rss_news


The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

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| Thanks to their design as appliances, you can get down to useful work
| straight away with any of the new breed of Linux-based netbooks. But sooner
| or later, a fair few folk come up against the unfamiliarity of Linux. And,
| like the legendary tribe of pygmies, you may find yourself jumping up and
| down in the head-high long grass shouting out the incantation that gave the
| tribe its name: "We're the Fukarwi."
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http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/10...linux_guide_1/


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.”
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http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/05...-linux-ulpcs/1


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.
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http://www.news.com/Feeling-the-heat...tag=ne.fd.mnbc


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.
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http://www.pcretailmag.com/news/2993...ed-round-Linux


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
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