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[News] Sub-notebooks Succeed Outside the 'Land of Microsoft'

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Netbook Sales Soar in Europe

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| Adoption of non-Windows operating systems, Linux mainly, is stronger there 
| than the United States. 


Netbooks Become Ubiquitous and Linux Becomes Mainstream

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| Yes, the vet's Acer runs Windows. While the vast majority of new netbooks 
| will be sold with either Windows XP or Windows 7, a substantial minority will 
| continue to be preloaded with Linux. Millions of people have been introduced 
| to Linux through netbooks and are satisfied with it. Educated consumers who 
| learn that Linux, which requires fewer system resources, will run faster and 
| comes with a wide variety of software preinstalled will choose Linux.     
| Despite the posts by various so-called tech journalists who always cheerlead 
| for Microsoft claiming that Windows has "kicked Linux to the curb" 
| or "crushed" Linux on netbooks, Microsoft's own estimate places Linux at 30% 
| of current market share. Asustek's Samson Hu, quoted in the same Bloomberg 
| article, places Linux on 30-40% of all EeePCs currently sold and expects 
| Linux to maintain a 30% market share. Acer spokesman Henry Wang expects 20% 
| of his Aspire One models to ship with Linux this year.      



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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