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[News] [Rival] Windows Revenue Declines, GNU/Linux Gains

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Netbooks Slam Shut On Vista Sales

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| Revenue from Microsoft's key Windows franchise grew just 2% in the most 
| recent quarter as more PC buyers opted for smaller, more nimble, 
| netbook-style devices that don't need a fat OS like Vista. Does Redmond have 
| an answer for this trend?   
| [...]
| Redmond's problem: An increasing number of computer buyers, mostly in 
| high-growth, price-sensitive emerging markets, are realizing that they can 
| get by with so-called netbooks for most of their online requirements. It's a 
| fact that's leaving Windows Vista out in the cold in some of the world's 
| fastest growing tech markets.    
| Netbooks, from offshore manufacturers such as Taiwan's Asus, typically lack 
| the horsepower to run the big and bulky Vista. But they're fully capable of  
| performing routine computing tasks such as e-mailing, Web surfing, and 
| instant messaging. Many models feature the free Linux OS.  


Microsoft: NetBooks Affecting Windows Revenue

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| Matt Rosoff, an analyst with Kirkland, Wash.-based research firm Directions 
| On Microsoft, said one area of concern for Microsoft is the falling 
| percentage of premium priced versions of Windows versus non-premium versions, 
| which could be the result of more people buying NetBooks.    



Path:Real-Life Linux: The ASUS Eee PC 1000

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| The no-maintenance part was also important. Unlike any Windows machine, which
| requires monthly -- or even more frequent security updates -- to even pretend
| to be safe, not to mention added-cost and trouble anti-virus and anti-malware
| software, Linux has security baked-in.


The netbook newbie's guide to Linux

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| Thanks to their design as appliances, you can get down to useful work
| straight away with any of the new breed of Linux-based netbooks. But sooner
| or later, a fair few folk come up against the unfamiliarity of Linux. And,
| like the legendary tribe of pygmies, you may find yourself jumping up and
| down in the head-high long grass shouting out the incantation that gave the
| tribe its name: "We're the Fukarwi."


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.


Microsoft sees slide in profits

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