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[News] GNU/Linux Shames Gratis/Cheap Windows on Sub-notebooks

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Linux boom?

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| Part of the success of Linux on notebooks to date has been due to one thing: 
| Netbooks. 


These lightweight, stripped-down netbooks can get the job done

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| This time last year, it seemed downright weird - take a laptop and shrink it 
| to the size of a hardcover book, throw in wireless Internet access, throw out 
| the battery-draining CD-ROM drive, and sell the stripped-down device for 
| under $500.   


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.      


"Don’t encourage new, cross-platform Java classes, especially don’t help get
great Win 32 implementations written/deployed. (..) Do encourage fragmentation
of the Java classlib space."

                --Ben Slivka, Microsoft


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.



[Mandriva CEO:] An open letter to Steve Ballmer

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| Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their
| mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone.
| How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my
| place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.
| Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?
| Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one.
| You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics
| you and I, but I believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win
| too.


Linux wins Nigerian school desktops back from Microsoft

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| "We are sticking with that platform," said the official, who would not give
| his name.

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