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[News] BCS and Computer Weekly on GNU/Linux Overtaking Windows

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Linux to overtake Windows?

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| Jim Zemlin, while acknowledging that there have been many 'year of the Linux 
| desktop' predictions before, believes that fast booting-up times could be the 
| catalyst.  
| He cites a New York Times article by Matt Richtell which explained how some 
| of the big PC makers are creating machines which provide access to basic 
| applications like email and browsers 'in 30 seconds or less'.  
| The 'interesting part', says Mr Zemlin, is that 'Linux is providing that 
| access'.  


Linux to overtake Windows, says Jim Zemlin

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| Some users have said Windows Vista offers the slowest boot-up times ever 
| offered by Microsoft. 
| Zemlin said Linux was now satisfying this demand with technology that can 
| offer boot-ups in as little as five seconds. 



Instant-on Dell Desktop to Debut Next Week

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| Consumers will get their first look at Dell's new instant-on system for
| Optiplex desktops next week, a company executive said Wednesday in Shanghai.
| [...]
| Clarke previously disclosed some details of the system in August, saying it
| will run on a Linux OS and a separate, secondary chip, in order to extend
| battery life.


Dell Launches Consumer Advertising for Ubuntu Linux PCs

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| It’s one small step for Dell and consumer Linux — and one giant leap for
| Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux efforts. Specifically, Dell is spending advertising
| dollars to promote PCs with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled. The move has
| significant implications for the business world as well. Here’s why.
| First, some details about the advertisement. Many many U.S. newspapers on
| Sunday, October 12, included a multi-page Dell flier. Among the many products
| advertised was the Dell Inspiron Mini 9, a low-cost sub-notebook designed for
| email and Web browsing.


Inside Dell's 'BlackTop' laptop Linux OS

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| Dell’s new laptops sideline Windows with a fast-boot Linux OS and ARM
| processor to check email, browse the Web and even sync with Exchange.


The Next Linux You Use Could Be Virtual

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| Major players in the laptop computer market go virtual with Linux. HP,
| Lenovo, and now Dell offer laptops that have a Linux Mode.


Sun xVM VirtualBox is now available

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| Sun Microsystems Inc., has announced new multi-year original equipment
| manufacturer (OEM) agreements with Avanquest Software, Q-layer and Zenith
| InfoTech Ltd. to expand the global reach of Sun xVM VirtualBox.


Dell introduces ten new laptops

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| On is a flash-based barebones Linux install that gets you up and running, on
| the Net, and with much of what you need to run the computer in instantly.
| Dell went to great pains to avoid saying the L-word though, it might anger
| the very touchy gods atop mount Redmond.


Are “instant on” notebooks the future?

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| If I think about my normal notebook usage patterns, I’m pretty sure I could
| spend a good 80 - 90% of my time in the instant on environment and only boot
| into Windows when I needed to do something specifically Windows-centric. In
| fact, given a properly set up Linux distro as the main OS (which should be a
| snap to set up since these systems would/should already be Linux-compatible
| because they are running the Linux-based instant on OS ) which would allow me
| to handle Microsoft Office docs, and a VPN, I could do away with having
| Windows on the system altogether and simply connect to a secondary
| Windows-based PC when I wanted that functionality (when on the road I rarely,
| if ever, need to run anything heavy such as Photoshop).


Dell’s comeback machine

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| There are some surprises beneath the surface of the Latitude line as well.
| One is an optional Linux-based low-power mode called Dell Latitude On, which
| boots in two seconds. It offers more than a day’s worth of battery life for
| basic tasks like web surfing, Exchange e-mail, and viewing e-mail
| attachments, and runs on an ARM-based (ARMH) chip rather than the main Intel
| processor. (HP and Lenovo laptops offer similar Linux modes, but with fewer
| capabilities.)


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