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[News] GNU/Linux on Sub-notebooks to Become Just the Norm

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ARM claims many design wins in battle with Intel

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| ARM, Morris said, would be looking to exploit the plethora of new operating 
| systems and User Interfaces (UI) cropping up for little laptops of late, 
| including Google's Android and Xandros Linux. Of course Intel hasn't exactly 
| been laying back on its laurels either, with the firm chipping away at its 
| own Open Source Moblin Linux project for MIDs and mobile devices.    


24 Open Source Apps for the ASUS Netbook

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| While ABI believes that those "inexpensive operating systems" (i.e., Linux) 
| will be the norm on netbooks by 2012, it hasn't happened yet. In fact, three 
| out of four netbooks sold last year shipped with Windows installed  



Netbooks: Best of the Best

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| The dominant Windows XP (which now runs about 80 percent of netbooks) will be
| challenged by Linux and Google's Andriod OS.


Are Linux netbooks really returned more often than Windows models?

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| But Philip Solis, an analyst at ABI Research, questions the "reliability" of
| this evidence.
| Solis said in a March research note that Taiwan's MSI had not yet shipped a
| Linux-based Wind at the time of the comment to the magazine. When it did, it
| did "adapt" the operating system for the netbook's smaller size -- an key
| ingredient to Linux's acceptance by consumers, Solis wrote.
| Acer, Asus and Dell have all built customized versions of Linux for their
| netbooks. Solis said that Asus has noted equal return rates for Linux
| netbooks versus those running Windows.
| And while ABI's surveys show U.S. consumers clearly stating their preference
| for Windows netbooks, Solis said that isn't true around the world.
| In Asia, netbook buyers are both thriftier and "and not as tied to the
| Windows environment," Solis said. "They're looking for certain features, but
| they aren't as tied to a certain brand name."
| Solis predicts an increase in Linux netbook shipments this year, from 25% to
| a third of the 35 million netbooks expected to sell globally this year. Under
| that estimate, Linux will be shipped on 11.5 million netbook PCs in 2009.
| Solis is bullish about his prediction because of the coming ARM wave. With
| Microsoft still balking at porting Windows 7 to ARM's mobile CPU, PC makers
| using ARM have no choice but to use Linux.

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