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[News] GNU/Linux Takes Over Where Windows Failed (UMPCs, Sideshow)

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Dell, Intel give users what they want: to turn Windows off

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| If you use only the Latitude ON system, battery life lasts not hours but 
| days, according to Dell. 
| ON is expected to hit in two months for just some of Dell's laptops.
| From a Microsoft perspective, Latitude ON represents a debacle comparable to 
| the UMPC disaster. Microsoft led a big push to drive sales of Vista-based 
| Ultra-Mobile PCs, all of which failed catastrophically in the market, 
| rejected by users in favor of first Linux-, then XP-based subnotebooks.   
| Now, it's happening again. Remember Windows Vista Sideshow? The feature was 
| part of a broader effort by Microsoft to provide basic functionality on 
| laptops while the main Windows OS was in sleep mode. A tiny screen on the lid 
| would display the UI. Obviously that failed, and now partner Dell is 
| delivering roughly similar but vastly superior functionality using Linux and 
| other non-Microsoft software.      



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.


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.


Linux success on UMPCs nudges Microsoft’s XP strategy

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| To that point, Ubuntu is releasing a UMPC-only version of Ubuntu 8.04 called
| Ubuntu Netbook Remix for Intel Atom-based netbooks and UMPCs. Because many
| current users of Linux-powered UMPCs may not even know they’re using open
| source, the hope is that more obvious “branding” will result in more people
| willing to run Linux on their primary PCs.


The year of the Linux … Mini Laptop!

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| Linux is making great strides in the consumer market lately. Although there
| had been forays by different companies before, when Dell came out with their
| Linux line, it was clear that Linux for the general consumer had arrived.
| Since then, other companies have followed suit, like Lenovo, and even
| Wallmart. But there is one product that seems to have really accelerated this
| trend and has managed to open a whole new class of products. This is the
| little tiny Linux laptop named the Eee PC.

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