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[News] Review of the GNU/Linux-only Kogan Agora Sub-notebooks

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First look: Kogan Agora

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| The Australian-owned Kogan Agora is among the first netbook on the market 
| that comes out of the box with gOS, an Ubuntu-based Linux operating system 
| that has the look and feel of Mac OS X. You get a dock, a set of freely 
| movable widgets, and even windows that resemble Mac OS X.   
| It would be safe to say that out of all of the netbooks out there running 
| Linux, the Agora easily has the best Linux installation yet. gOS is more 
| user-friendly and looks better than any other version of Linux we have seen.  
| gOS is fast, too. Very fast. This is an excellent candidate for surfing the 
| web, checking email, and writing documents with the keyboard and mouse easily 
| rating among the best in the netbook-class. We expect that while there aren't 
| as many programs available for Linux, users will still be able to get full 
| use out of comparable applications such as Gimp, OpenOffice, and Wine which 
| lets you run Windows programs under gOS.     



Kogan claims cheapest 10in netbook

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| Another interesting point is Kogan's choice of operating system: the
| Ubuntu-based gOS.
| "By using the gOS operating system, we are bringing our customers one step
| closer to cloud computing. The operating system facilitates easy access to a
| number of Google services, as well as a host of easy to use, powerful open
| source programs," said Kogan.


Kogan launches 10-inch, Linux-powered netbook

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| Marketing success story Kogan Technologies has announced what it claims is
| Australia’s cheapest 10-inch netbook computer powered by the Linux-based gOS
| operating system.


First look: hands-on with the Kogan Agora Netbook Pro

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| Kogan has chosen to release the Agora Netbook Pro with gOS, which is based on
| the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. It comes with Google applications,
| as well as OpenOffice, Skype and Pidgin (an instant messaging program). It's
| very easy to use and installing more applications will also be easy once you
| get online.
| [...]
| From what we've seen, the Kogan Agora Netbook Pro is destined to be one of
| the best value 10.2in netbooks on the market. If you want to spend even less
| than the $539 asking price for the Pro,


Otellini: Windows 7 Upgrade for Netbooks Will Be Tough'

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| Microsoft has a challenge: Sell a Windows upgrade as a way to save money.
| The company's fourth quarter Windows revenue declined 8 percent, as PC buyers
| opted for lower-priced netbooks that run either Windows XP or Linux, rather
| than the higher-priced Windows Vista operating system, which does not run on
| netbook hardware.


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.”


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?


One Third of Dell Inspiron Mini 9s Sold Run Linux

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| Dell attributes part of the Linux growth to competitive pricing on the Ubuntu
| SKUs. “When you look at the sweet spot for this category it is price
| sensitivity, and Linux enabled us to offer a lower price entry point,” added
| Dell senior product manager John New.


Netbooks Open Linux Window at BETT

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| On the same stand a large screen showed off the design appeal of the latest
| Ubuntu. This includes multiple windows rotating or rescaling. As this is
| better understood some Netbook users may return to Linux. Asustek Chairman
| Jonney Shih has predicted that about 60 percent of Eee PCs to be shipped in
| 2009 will have Windows XP.

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