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[News] GNU/Linux Portable to End the Windows 'Desktop' Monopoly

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ARM, x86 duel in MID warfare

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| In ABI's first report based on its UMD research, focusing on MIDs, ABI 
| forecast that by 2013, MIDs will outsell netbooks, and that Linux will take 
| the "lion's share" of the market, selling 86 million devices that year. The 
| Linux MID segment will primarily be limited to three platforms, said ABI, 
| with the Intel-sponsored Moblin. leading with 42 percent. Next in line, the 
| group projected, will come Maemo, which runs on Nokia's Internet Tablets, 
| including the N810 (pictured). The N810 uses an ARM-based Texas Instruments 
| (TI) OMAP 2420, and next year Nokia will release a new Maemo-5-based tablet 
| that runs on TI's more powerful ARM Cortex-A8-based OMAP3x processor. The 
| LiMo Foundation's mobile-phone oriented LiMo Platform, was pegged as coming 
| in third in MID software.          


Top 10 Open Source Stories Of 2008

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| Linux-powered and budget-priced, the ASUS Eee PC and its successors proved 
| that you didn't need a full-blown notebook computer to get work done. A 
| netbook gets you Internet connectivity, word processing, and a slew of other 
| common tasks -- all in a machine that cost around $350 or so. Even if later 
| models of the Eee and other netbooks came with Windows XP as an option, that 
| wasn't enough to kill the buzz for inexpensive Linux-powered devices. 
| Netbooks also proved to be a better bet than Linux-powered desktop PCs at the 
| same price point: why pay the same for a machine that doesn't even come with 
| a display?        



How will Linux win the OS wars? From the bottom up!

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| So therefore, best way to win the war of the operating systems is not to go
| after the high end market.


Low-cost laptops make PC makers mull margins

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| “Computers have been an exception. If you look at consumer electronics, a DVD
| player was about $800 10 years ago – now they sell for $20,” she says. “The
| [computer] industry has been able to keep the price flat by focusing on
| gazillion-gigahertz machines running really bloated software and that’s
| worked for years since the IBM PC revolution.”
| [...]
| OLPC found a strong uptake for a “give one, get one” campaign it launched in
| North America in November. It discovered consumers were willing to pay $400
| for an XO – the price meant another XO would be given free to a
| developing-world child. It is now launching OLPC America to extend the cheap
| laptop concept for children in the US.


Linux Has Won, Windows is Gone

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| Sorry Windows you have already lost this battle. There is no way to reverse
| this and no amount of incentives that Microsoft can offer to convince people
| and governments that they will be safe if they switch back to Windows. Lets
| be honest here for a moment. Would your trust America's nuclear technologies
| to be run on Windows? What happens when it bluescreens, yeah you get my point
| don't you?

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