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[News] Bruce Perens Reviews the Debian GNU/Linux-powered Aspire

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Acer Aspire One and Linux 

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| I had my small "travel" laptop develop data-path errors just before a 
| speaking trip, and decided to buy one of the new "small cheap" laptops, as 
| all of the other laptops I've accumulated are larger than what I want to lug 
| around. I picked up an Acer Aspire One, with 160GB disk and 1GB ram, for $350 
| at Fry's. I thought the $350 model had 120GB, but mine has 160. I've not been 
| able to determine if it has the better camera of the more expensive unit. 
| There is a 0.3 and a 1.2 megapixel camera.      


More coming from the charity killers:

Intel's Linux-based Moblin platform arrives on devices

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| The platform leverages the GNOME Mobile and Embedded stack and uses Hildon, a 
| derivative of the GTK+ toolkit that was originally designed by Nokia for 
| Internet tablet devices. It also includes a modified version of the Firefox 3 
| web browser. Developers who want to get a head start hacking on the platform 
| can download the source code from Intel's Git repository.    



Microsoft Missing Out on Netbook Growth as Linux Wins Sales

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| Small laptops are becoming a big problem for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows
| business.
| A new breed of lightweight computers called netbooks are beginning to crack
| the company's dominance of operating systems. Acer Inc. and Asustek Computer
| Inc., which together account for 90 percent of the netbook market, are using
| the rival Linux software on about 30 percent of their low-cost notebooks.
| The devices, which usually cost less than $500, are the fastest-growing
| segment of the personal-computer industry -- a trend that's eating into
| Microsoft's revenue. Windows sales fell short of forecasts last quarter and
| the company cut growth projections for the year, citing the lower revenue it
| gets from netbooks. When makers of the computers do use Windows, they
| typically opt for older and cheaper versions of the software.


Microsoft Battles Low-Cost Rival for Africa

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| In Nigeria, Microsoft proposed paying $400,000 last year under a
| joint-marketing agreement to a government contractor it was trying to
| persuade to replace Linux with Windows on thousands of school laptops. The
| contractor's former chief executive describes the proposal as an incentive to
| make the switch -- an interpretation Microsoft denies. In Namibia and
| Nigeria, where it has sought government contracts, the company hired family
| members of government officials. Microsoft says they were qualified.
| [...]
| On Oct. 30, Mandriva announced it had won the contract to provide Linux
| software for the Classmates. Microsoft didn't give up. The next day, it
| delivered TSC a revised draft agreement with an "effective date" of Nov. 1,
| documents show. It offered to pay $400,000 to TSC. In the revised agreement,
| there no longer was any mention of TSC having to comply with Microsoft's code
| of conduct.
| In an Oct. 31 email, TSC told Mandriva that there had been a "change in
| circumstances," and that it "has recently reached an understanding with
| Microsoft to convert" the Classmates from Linux to Windows.
| Mandriva's chief executive, Francois Bancilhon, responded by posting "an open
| letter to Steve Ballmer," Microsoft's CEO, on Mandriva's Web site. "What have
| you done to these guys to make them change their mind like this?" he
| wrote. "It's quite clear to me, and it will be to everyone. How do you call
| what you just did, Steve? There are various names for it, I'm sure you know
| them." Mr. Bancilhon declined to elaborate on his letter.
| In the end, the joint-marketing agreement was never signed, and the Microsoft
| deal unraveled. Microsoft says it gave up after "it became clear" that the
| Nigerian government wanted Linux.
| The laptops were delivered with Linux.

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