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[News] ASUS Debunks MSI/MS FUD About GNU/Linux Sub-notebooks

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ASUS CEO Reveals Eee PC Sales Numbers, Plans for Touch Eee PCs and More Eee
Family Products

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| We have heard that return rates have been higher for Linux-based netbooks. 
| Can you share information on sales of the Linux Eee PCs versus Windows XP 
| versions? What about return rates overall for Eee PC netbooks?  
| I think the return rate for the Eee PCs are low but I believe the Linux and 
| Windows have similar return rates. We really separate the products into 
| different user groups. A lot of users like the Windows XP, but in Europe a 
| lot of people want the Linux option. Actually in Linux we support the Easy 
| Mode and in Q4 of this year we are going to start selling Windows XP with an 
| Easy Mode.     


More along then and ignore the FUD. Sub-notebooks running GNU/Linux are doing


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...



Intel CEO: Linux to dominate MIDs

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| However, the Linux netbook genre received a boost this week when Dell started
| running its first major advertisements about a Linux-based system. According
| to a story from The VAR Guy, Dell started running multi-page newspaper ads
| specifically hawking its first Linux netbook, the Dell Inspiron Mini 9
| (pictured).


Closing the Door to Microsoft Vista

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| General Motors (GM) may take a detour around Vista, the latest computer
| operating system from Microsoft (MSFT).


Microsoft sees slide in profits


Microsoft Profit Drops; Forecast May Miss Estimates

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| The world's biggest software maker said sales of Windows for PCs sank 24
| percent and revenue from its online advertising unit came in at the low end
| of its projections. Microsoft's report contrasted with positive comments from
| chipmaker Intel Corp. and computer company International Business Machines
| Corp.
| [...]
| Microsoft declined $1.60 to $30.20 in extended trading after closing at
| $31.80 at 4 p.m. New York time on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has
| fallen 11 percent this year.

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