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[News] ASUS Goes Back to Windows-incapable Roots, Cheap Sub-notebooks

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Asus (re)spins $200 netbook

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| Asus is credited with touching off the netbook explosion with its Eee PC 
| (above), tipped to cost just $200 when it was first shown off by company 
| officials in June 2007. The device eventually shipped for $400 in Nov. 2007, 
| with a seven-inch screen, a 900MHz Celeron processor, and the Linux operating 
| system.    
| [...]
| But now, according to Shen, Asus plans to bring the netbook concept back to 
| its low-cost roots. During a conference call set up to discuss the company's 
| third-quarter financial results, posted yesterday, he said "next year, you 
| can expect an entry-level Eee PC for around $200."   


Asus promises $200 eee PC in 2009

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| There's no doubt about, when it comes to selling small laptops (or what's now 
| often called a netbook) Asus is king of the hill. Just like most people think 
| of Apple's iPod when it comes to MP3 players Asus' eee PC brand has become 
| synonymous with small inexpensive laptops. I honestly can't remember the last 
| university lecture where I didn't see at least one student with an eee PC and 
| on a short 2h train-ride on the weekend I spotted 3 people using eee PCs.     



Asus ships 700,000 Eees in a month

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| Admittedly, Asus still has some way to go if it wants to beat its own goal of
| shipping 24 million motherboards this year. So far, the firm has ‘only’
| managed to ship 17.22 million units in Q3.


More evidence of Microsoft "tying up" the Asus EeePC

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| Then, one of the makers of Netbooks will release a fantastic product using
| the paid Ubuntu/Netbook Remix, which will make us all forget about the EeePC
| — or, maybe we’ll remember it as one of the makers which used GNU/Linux in
| order to launch a product, and then gave in to Microsoft’s pressure.
| The real question is: will the next maker manage to resist Microsoft’s
| pressure? Or will everybody end up closely tied up with Microsoft?


Microsoft worried over Linux ULPCs

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| An un-named Microsoft official quoted in the original article claims that
| manufacturers currently offering Linux on their low-cost devices “have made
| some good inroads with open-source, and Microsoft wants to put a stop to it.”


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| 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.


Otellini: 'MID revolution will be centred round Linux'

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| Intel CEO says Microsoft's insistence on pushing Vista will hand market to
| open source rival
| Intel's CEO has said that he sees the revolution that is about to happen
| around mobile internet devices (MID) such as the Eee PC and other Atom-based
| sub-notebooks will be "centred round Linux", in an interview with Associated
| Press.


Acer bets big on Linux

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| Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and
| netbooks.

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