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[News] Ubuntu a Success on Acer Aspire, Microsoft Tries to Buy Its Way with VIA

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Acer Aspire One, Ubuntu 8.10 and Windows XP ULCPC edition

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| With Ubuntu Linux, I do not have to put up with Evil. A quick trip into 
| system / preferences / keyboard, and CapLock is just another ctrl key. Bye 
| bye evil.  
| I was tempted by an HP 2133 for one reason. Keyboard. There was one sitting 
| right next to the AAO at Fry's. I played with it. It's keyboard is better 
| than the AAO's. But at 1.2 Ghz rather than 1.6, less hard drive, and coming 
| with Vista rather than XP, and at nearly twice the price (600 USD versus 349 
| USD), and just couldn't go there.    


If you can't compete, sign deals.

VIA, Microsoft launch ‘Bazaar’ program for white-box netbooks.

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| There are two things to note here. 1) XP looks like it will live on and in 
| this program, you can bet that its being given away for next to nothing. 2) 
| This looks like an X86-only initiative that will be used in positioning 
| against ARM-based netbooks.   



How to sell Linux netbooks to the world

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| By contrast, Windows comes at a price - and what's more, we're only talking
| Windows XP here. A cheap netbook with its pithy disk space and RAM will choke
| on Vista with its far heavier hardware requirements.
| This is the advertising campaign for the next breed of Linux netbooks: a
| compact web browser in the palm of your hand. Nothing more need be said.
| That's the expectation to set, and one that will meet the needs of much of
| the modern world.


Linux Carried Along on Netbooks Wave

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| Morvay revealed to Linux Magazine Online that there were no specific figures
| for Linux netbook sales, but that it lay somewhere in the 40th percentile.
| Even though this figure seems a little high, it is known that many of the
| world's netbooks have Linux on board since their first inception 18 months
| ago.
| For example, notebooks with Linux make up about 5.5% of the notebook market
| in Germany...

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