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[News] Microsoft Commits Suicide on Sub-notebooks Because of GNU/Linux

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What If Windows 7 Starter Isn't Meant to Just Stop Linux on Netbooks? 

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| Windows 7 Starter edition is designed to run no more than three applications 
| simultaneously -- purchasing an upgrade allows users to run, presumably, as 
| many apps as their netbooks can handle at one time. Now, three concurrent 
| applications at a shot might be sufficient for a number of users; it might be 
| all that some netbooks can handle, depending on the applications and system 
| resources running in the background. Microsoft isn't hiding the fact it is 
| experimenting with a limited Starter, and hopefully netbook manufacturers 
| will also make buyers aware of this. But awareness and being almost 
| sufficient in even most cases is irrelevant. It's the concept that there is a 
| limit, and purchasing an upgrade for functionality that most won't need every 
| day (but when it's needed, it's really needed) that will make netbooks 
| running alternative operating systems increasingly attractive. It's an 
| advantage not only for Android, but any Linux distribution netbook builders 
| optimize for their hardware.             


Netbooks, Linux, Windows - What to do?

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| But these features are still there, installed on the netbook but not enabled 
| until you pay for an upgrade. 
| Now this has a number of things wrong with it in my mind, if the netbook can 
| run more than 3 applications why not allow it? If the features are installed 
| why not enabling them?  



Ballmer: GNU/Linux Will Win on Netbooks

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| I think this is a very frank analysis of the problem for Microsoft: after
| all, who's going to pay extra money just to get the Windows logo on a
| netbook, when they can get the same features for less with free software...?


math: Windows 7 + netbook = failure - GNU/Linux as remaining winner!

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| Windows XP is basically gone, so an OEM license is worth 20 USD for a
| manufacturer, no problem at all. Windows 7 for Netbooks is the same as all
| other Windows 7 variants - no lean, light, vlighted, 7lited or whatever. Just
| a Starter version like in Windows Vista which gives you the "power" to run
| maximum 3 applications at the same time. Where again is the advantage? Oh
| yes, now Windows 7 Starter crippled edition costs a bit more than 20 USD for
| OEM, I would say around 99 USD after discounts, tax not included or did you
| think MS stops earning money?


Reports: Microsoft Cripples Windows 7 Starter Edition in Hopes of Netbook

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| With Windows 7 Microsoft is releasing cheap versions of its OS for netbooks,
| but faces the challenge of getting customers to buy pricier versions


Microsoft’s Windows 7 May Not Cure Netbook Headache

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| This time, as Microsoft readies Windows 7, the company is planning a basic
| version, as well as more expensive editions that are also targeted at
| netbooks. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said last week that he will make sure
| consumers can “trade up.”
| ‘Pessimistic’
| Many netbook buyers won’t go for it, because they want the cheapest option
| possible, said John DiFucci, the JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst who asked the
| question that prompted Ballmer’s comment. That means investors shouldn’t
| expect Microsoft to make much more money on netbook software, the New
| York-based analyst said in a note to clients. Microsoft hasn’t released
| specific prices for the different versions of Windows 7.
| “I don’t know that there’s much room to charge more than what’s been charged
| currently,” said Michael Cherry, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft in
| Kirkland, Washington. “I’m pessimistic about this.”

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