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[News] [Rival] Windows Vista Makes Low-cost Laptops Impractical (Linux Wins)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Windows Vista Makes Low-cost Laptops Impractical (Linux Wins)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2008 02:35:34 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
EeePC 900 vs HP 2133: Which Linux UMPC Will You Buy?

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| Of note with both machines is that Microsoft still currently plans to stop 
| selling Windows XP to OEMs and Retail customers June 30, 2008. This means 
| that either company wishing to sell pre-loaded XP machines alongside Linux 
| versions will need to ship with Windows Vista. This means at least a 1 Ghz 
| CPU and 20 GB of HD all around. It will remain to be seen how the SSD-based 
| EeePC 900 will face this potential problem.     



Linux will dominate UK schools within 5 years

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| Yes, it does seem unlikely doesn't it? Windows has been the only reality for 
| several generations of computer users. But is the tide finally beginning to 
| turn?  
| At the Education Show held in February 2007, the talk was of 'sustainable' 
| computing and how schools could use technology to reduce their 'carbon  
| footprint'. Nobody had any idea of what was to come – a host of Linux-based, 
| ultra-portable, incredibly cheap and very green personal laptops.  


£99 laptop could hatch the Linux generation

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| This might be considered another brick in the wall to mainstream PC 
| manufacturers and Microsoft for two reasons. 
| Firstly, as my old college chum Martin Waller pointed out to me, this new 
| generation of Linux/OpenOffice aficionados would naturally want to transfer 
| their skills and technologies into the workplace. This worked for a now 
| forgotten computer company called DEC (aka Digital Equipment) in the 1970s. A 
| generation of engineering and computer science graduates entered the 
| workplace after having used the company’s PDP/11 machine in their college 
| years and started demanding to have access to similar, easy-to-use, 
| mini-computers at work. This process helped speed the demise of the 
| centralised mainframe computer.        
| Secondly, for Microsoft to have any hope of being incorporated in to these 
| kinds of super-cheap, commodity products then they will have to drop the 
| licence fee for Windows and Office.  


Elonex £99 Eee PC rival to arrive in June

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| Elonex has rolled out its sub-£100 Linux-based laptop, the One, but it looks 
| like it's going to prove harder get hold of than Asus Eee PC has been. 


PCs for Five C's

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| These days, several vendors stock $199 Linux systems ready to be the family's 
| fifth or sixth. 


How I Shopped for An Ubuntu Laptop

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| So I now have in my happy hands my own custom, personally configured laptop. 
| It’s not as good as buying a machine with Ubuntu pre-loaded, but it was a 
| close second. I got it fully loaded with aT9300 processor, 2GB of RAM, 
| bluetooth, Intel Wireless, and Nvidia 8600m GT graphics. And I got it for 
| nearly $1000 less than I was planning on paying for a T61. It’s a little 
| bigger than I’d hoped, and has a glossy paintjob which I hate, but it is fast 
| and runs Ubuntu like a champ.      


Give an Old Laptop New Life with Cheap (or Free) Projects

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| Like a famed race horse or a classic book, you don't just throw away a laptop 
| because it's banged up a little. Even if it seems outdated and underpowered, 
| most any laptop is still small, quiet, and relatively low on power 
| consumption, making it a seriously valuable spare to keep handy—even without 
| a working screen. With some free software, a little know-how and some 
| creative thinking about your home network, nearly any old laptop can find its 
| second wind, and today I'll run through some of the best ways to get it 
| there.       


Linux Laptops Reach Critical Mass

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| Toss in Ubuntu’s growing popularity on desktops and laptops, and it appears 
| as if Linux for PCs and laptops is finally ready to go mainstream. For more 
| on Ubuntu and Linux going mainstream,  


Negroponte: OLPC Machine Will Be $50 in 2011, Electronics Are "Obese"

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| "If you make anything electronic today, you know that eighteen months from 
| today, it will cost you half of what it does today," he said. "But if you 
| make (electronics), you have no interest in that product being half price in 
| eighteen months."   
| So, as we all know, electronics manufacturers fatten up cell phones with 
| cameras and MP3 players, etc. Negroponte termed this problem, "a general 
| obesity in the electronics industry." He went on to say, "Most laptops are 
| like SUVs. You're using most of the energy to move the car, not the person."   


UK's Elonex releases £99 OLPC rival

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| Referring to the device's use of Linux, the spokesperson said that — aside 
| from the fact that avoiding Windows brings down the cost of the laptop — the 
| decision was influenced by government guidelines that encourage a "move away 
| from the monopoly Microsoft has".   


The £99 laptop: how can it be so cheap?

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| A new laptop computer for just £99 sounds like the kind of offer found in a 
| spam e-mail or on a dodgy auction website. But the British company Elonex is 
| launching the country’s first sub £100 computer later this month and hopes to 
| be making 200,000 of them by the summer. It will be aimed at schoolchildren 
| and teenagers, and looks set to throw the market for budget laptops wide 
| open.     
| Called the One, it can be used as a traditional notebook computer or, with 
| the screen detached from the keyboard, as a portable “tablet” – albeit 
| without the planned touchscreen that Elonex had to abandon to hit its £99 
| price tag. Wi-fi technology lets users access the internet or swap music (and 
| homework) files between computers wirelessly.     
| [...]
| The secret is simple: open-source software. The One runs on Linux, which is a 
| rival to Windows but completely free to use. Open-source software can be 
| freely swapped or modified by anyone who wants it. In the past such operating 
| systems (there are several of them) have been outgunned by the more 
| sophisticated Windows programs. However, an open-source operating system is 
| ideal for low-cost devices as it performs well on less powerful, cheaper 
| hardware.      


Sri Lanka to introduce one laptop per child

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| Two-million primary school children are to be provided with US$ 100-worth 
| laptops under a farsighted initiative. 
| This is being launched by One Laptop Per Child (OLPC), a US based 
| organisation in collaboration with the Education Department and several local 
| and foreign financial, technological and academic institutions.  


Mini-laptop sweeps through schools

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| RM, the company supplying the Minibook computer to schools, sold out its 
| first order of 6,000 within weeks, and is now projecting school sales of 
| 30,000 by the end of the year. They are attracting the attention of IT 
| teachers, and with them a multimillion-pound market in school computing so 
| far dominated by Microsoft, the Goliath to RM's David.    
| [...]
| Last year the government spent £801m on IT equipment for schools. Microsoft 
| has the lion's share of the market, but the Minibooks circumvent this iron 
| grip by using Linux open source software instead of Microsoft Windows Vista.  


Nortel considers Linux desktops for its staff

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| Nortel CIO Steve Bandrowczak, who joined the Canadian telecoms and network 
| equipment vendor last July, said "more and more CIOs are looking at Linux 
| desktop for reasons of TCO" and argued that the technology "is receiving the 
| same level of attention today as when Linux started on servers."    


French police deal blow to Microsoft

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| The French paramilitary police force said Wednesday it is ditching Microsoft 
| for the free Linux operating system, becoming one of the biggest 
| administrations in the world to make the break.  


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.  


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