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[News] GNU/Linux Outnumbers Windows in Low-cost Laptops List

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Outnumbers Windows in Low-cost Laptops List
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 05:23:06 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Freelance
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Low-Cost Laptop Cheat Sheet

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| Here at LAPTOP we’ve had a hard time keeping the all the potential low-cost 
| laptops or Eee PC “killers” straight. It’s kind of like having to learn about 
| the presidential candidates—you’re not really sure which one is going to 
| actually make it, so why bother learning about them in the first place? Maybe 
| a bit farfetched, but we have created a cheat sheet below on all low-cost 
| laptops expected to hit the market.     


'At least' Windows is mentioned...


Basic and Cheap PCs

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| Several new computers unveiled in recent months have something in common 
| besides their budget-minded price tag: All come preloaded with the Linux 
| operating system instead of Microsoft's Windows.  


Norhtec to Release Yet Another Sub-$300 Linux UMPC

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| According to Barnes, the Gecko laptop will be announced soon, and will hit 
| the market at a sub-$300 price tag, in order to compete with the other 
| 7-inchers of its kin.   


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.      


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.    


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.  


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?     


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest 
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. 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.


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