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[News] Sub-notebooks Distributed via Cable Companies, GNU/Linux Installed on Them

  • Subject: [News] Sub-notebooks Distributed via Cable Companies, GNU/Linux Installed on Them
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 01:49:11 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Branded Netbooks? 

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| This morning I heard a news blip about a Netbook offering later this year 
| from Verizon. Verizon? The phone company? Yep. I had to do a double-take on 
| it too. There's talk that the Netbooks will be subsidized and cost about 
| $100. I'm sure that price is a result of main-in rebates or vouchers for 
| Verizon services. Are branded Netbooks the next big thing? Is this how 
| companies will promote their services in the near future?     
| 
| Will virtual desktop cloud vendors also offer Netbooks to their customers if 
| they sign a 3-year contract for their services? Could be. 
| 
| Will consumers go for this? Maybe.
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http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4188.html

Acer Aspire One D150 running Linux - part 2

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| What all of this is leading up to is that I am going to install another Linux 
| distro on this netbook. I downloaded a Jaunty daily from March 24th (I think 
| the Jaunty Beta is out by now so you might want to try that), and proceeded 
| to install it on Aspire One. The first thing I noticed was that the speakers 
| work in the live session when I booted the USB drive, so that was promising. 
| Installation went smoothly much like my earlier Jaunty install. This time 
| too, I decided to reformat everything with ext4. In less than an hour from 
| booting up the live USB, I’m presented with the login screen.       
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http://qedx.com/blog/acer-aspire-d150-linux-part2/2009/03/27/


Recent:

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...?
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http://opendotdotdot.blogspot.com/2009/03/ballmer-gnulinux-will-win-on-netbooks.html


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.
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http://blog.laptopmag.com/one-third-of-dell-inspiron-mini-9s-sold-run-linux


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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http://english.ohmynews.com/ArticleView/article_view.asp?menu=A11100&no=384681&rel_no=1&back_url=


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?
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http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10012288o-2000637757b,00.htm


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.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/160967/windows7_netbooks.html?tk=rss_news


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

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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
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http://www.dailytech.com/Reports+Microsoft+Cripples+Windows+7+Starter+Edition+in+Hopes+of+Netbook+Upgrades/article14532.htm


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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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=ahmXCOAixVMw&refer=us
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