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[News] Windows Shamed by GNU/Linux in Startup Time

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Frankly Speaking: Energy efficiency that saves just pennies a day won't fly

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| Faster PC boots would help, too. That's an operating system problem, and one 
| that should be Microsoft's greatest shame. A locked-down Windows PC should be 
| able to boot in seconds -- if there's nothing new for the operating system to 
| discover, why should initialization take so long? A tuned version of Linux 
| can come up in seconds on a PC that takes minutes to load Windows. Why must 
| Windows waste power and murder user productivity at the same time?      



Intel aims for 2-second boot time with Moblin Linux platform

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| At the Linux Collaboration Summit, the director of Intel's Open Source
| Technology Center has revealed some details about the company's vision for
| Moblin, its Linux-based mobile platform. He says that Intel hopes to achieve
| two-second boot time and redefine mobile user interfaces.


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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