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Is Smolt the Key to Counting Linux Users?

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| Linux users are not an easy bunch to profile or to count. Many Linux users
| download the operating system for free and never perform any kind of systems
| registration to enumerate their hardware.
| That's where Smolt may be able to help fill the gap. Smolt is an open source
| hardware profiling technology that is already being used by Red Hat's Fedora
| and is set for inclusion in the upcoming Novell OpenSUSE 11.1 release.


Linux growth: The Asus connection

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| Asustek is not a name most people know. The Taiwan-based hardware maker
| traditionally operates in the PC-board sector. But a few years ago the
| company began to make its own notebook PCs.



More evidence of Microsoft "tying up" the Asus EeePC

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| Then, one of the makers of Netbooks will release a fantastic product using
| the paid Ubuntu/Netbook Remix, which will make us all forget about the EeePC
| — or, maybe we’ll remember it as one of the makers which used GNU/Linux in
| order to launch a product, and then gave in to Microsoft’s pressure.
| The real question is: will the next maker manage to resist Microsoft’s
| pressure? Or will everybody end up closely tied up with Microsoft?


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.”


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.


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.


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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