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MIDs face tough climb?

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| CCID Consulting released its analysis without reference to a particular study
| about the MID format, nor does it include any market projections except to
| predict that most MIDs will ship with Linux.


Why Your Next Computer Might Be A Linux PC

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| That being said, this move to netbook computing is offering Linux a foot in
| the door of mainstream computing in a way that may have never been possible
| before. Without the economic crisis to factor in to people's spending
| decisions, people probably wouldn't have considered the Linux option as
| strongly as they're doing today. When every dollar saved counts, the decision
| to go Linux may be more about cost savings than anything else, but that might
| be what it takes to get people to try the OS computer geeks have been raving
| about for years.


The Netbook OS Question: Windows XP vs. Linux

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| Linux is a free, open-source operating system that runs well on older
| computers as well as less powerful new ones. That makes it an ideal choice
| for today’s low cost, lightweight machines.



Intel CEO: Linux to dominate MIDs

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| However, the Linux netbook genre received a boost this week when Dell started
| running its first major advertisements about a Linux-based system. According
| to a story from The VAR Guy, Dell started running multi-page newspaper ads
| specifically hawking its first Linux netbook, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9
| (pictured).


Closing the Door to Microsoft Vista

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| General Motors (GM) may take a detour around Vista, the latest computer
| operating system from Microsoft (MSFT).


Microsoft sees slide in profits


Microsoft Profit Drops; Forecast May Miss Estimates

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| The world's biggest software maker said sales of Windows for PCs sank 24
| percent and revenue from its online advertising unit came in at the low end
| of its projections. Microsoft's report contrasted with positive comments from
| chipmaker Intel Corp. and computer company International Business Machines
| Corp.
| [...]
| Microsoft declined $1.60 to $30.20 in extended trading after closing at
| $31.80 at 4 p.m. New York time on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has
| fallen 11 percent this year.

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