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[News] A Look at Dell's Linux-by-Default Assault on Windows

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Inside Dell's 'BlackTop' laptop Linux OS

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| Dell’s new laptops sideline Windows with a fast-boot Linux OS and ARM 
| processor to check email, browse the Web and even sync with Exchange. 
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http://apcmag.com/Content.aspx?id=2804

The Next Linux You Use Could Be Virtual

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| Major players in the laptop computer market go virtual with Linux. HP, 
| Lenovo, and now Dell offer laptops that have a Linux Mode. 
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http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2965.html

Luckily, Microsoft is well behind in virtualisation. Even Sun seems ahead.

Sun xVM VirtualBox is now available

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| Sun Microsystems Inc., has announced new multi-year original equipment 
| manufacturer (OEM) agreements with Avanquest Software, Q-layer and Zenith 
| InfoTech Ltd. to expand the global reach of Sun xVM VirtualBox.    
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http://www.ciol.com/Developer/Open-Source/News-Reports/Sun-xVM-VirtualBox-is-now-available/13808109003/0/


Yesterday:

Dell introduces ten new laptops

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| On is a flash-based barebones Linux install that gets you up and running, on
| the Net, and with much of what you need to run the computer in instantly.
| Dell went to great pains to avoid saying the L-word though, it might anger
| the very touchy gods atop mount Redmond.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/08/13/dell-introduces-laptops


Are “instant on” notebooks the future?

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| If I think about my normal notebook usage patterns, I’m pretty sure I could
| spend a good 80 - 90% of my time in the instant on environment and only boot
| into Windows when I needed to do something specifically Windows-centric. In
| fact, given a properly set up Linux distro as the main OS (which should be a
| snap to set up since these systems would/should already be Linux-compatible
| because they are running the Linux-based instant on OS ) which would allow me
| to handle Microsoft Office docs, and a VPN, I could do away with having
| Windows on the system altogether and simply connect to a secondary
| Windows-based PC when I wanted that functionality (when on the road I rarely,
| if ever, need to run anything heavy such as Photoshop).
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=2400


Days ago:

Dell’s comeback machine

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| There are some surprises beneath the surface of the Latitude line as well.
| One is an optional Linux-based low-power mode called Dell Latitude On, which
| boots in two seconds. It offers more than a day’s worth of battery life for
| basic tasks like web surfing, Exchange e-mail, and viewing e-mail
| attachments, and runs on an ARM-based (ARMH) chip rather than the main Intel
| processor. (HP and Lenovo laptops offer similar Linux modes, but with fewer
| capabilities.)
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http://bigtech.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2008/08/12/dells-comeback-machine/
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