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[News] [Rival] GNU/Linux Contributes to Death of Microsoft's "SideShow"

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The Curtain Falls On Windows Vista's "SideShow"

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| In the run-up to Vista's launch, industry observers and journalists expressed 
| a great deal of interest and even excitement about the concept. But then a 
| funny thing happened: Manufacturers didn't add SideShow displays to their 
| products. With rare exceptions (such as one Dell XPS desktop), they ignored 
| it outright.     
| [...]
| It's not that the PC industry is resistant to change; it just doesn't appear 
| to want to follow Microsoft's lead. The most significant change in the shape 
| or function of personal computers in recent years -- cheap, 
| ultra-light "netbook" laptops -- not only didn't happen on Microsoft's watch, 
| it outright threatens Microsoft, since so many of these machines run the 
| open-source Linux operating system.      



Inexpensive USB Display with Sideshow support displays stocks, weather and much

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| The device, manufactured by mini-box.com,  also has Linux drives that work
| with LCDproc, a software package that pioneered Sideshow-like concepts by
| using small LCDs to display bits of information through a variety of plugins.



Dell, Intel give users what they want: to turn Windows off

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| If you use only the Latitude ON system, battery life lasts not hours but
| days, according to Dell.
| ON is expected to hit in two months for just some of Dell's laptops.
| From a Microsoft perspective, Latitude ON represents a debacle comparable to
| the UMPC disaster. Microsoft led a big push to drive sales of Vista-based
| Ultra-Mobile PCs, all of which failed catastrophically in the market,
| rejected by users in favor of first Linux-, then XP-based subnotebooks.
| Now, it's happening again. Remember Windows Vista Sideshow? The feature was
| part of a broader effort by Microsoft to provide basic functionality on
| laptops while the main Windows OS was in sleep mode. A tiny screen on the lid
| would display the UI. Obviously that failed, and now partner Dell is
| delivering roughly similar but vastly superior functionality using Linux and
| other non-Microsoft software.


Otellini: 'MID revolution will be centred round Linux'

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| Intel CEO says Microsoft's insistence on pushing Vista will hand market to
| open source rival
| Intel's CEO has said that he sees the revolution that is about to happen
| around mobile internet devices (MID) such as the Eee PC and other Atom-based
| sub-notebooks will be "centred round Linux", in an interview with Associated
| Press.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Linux success on UMPCs nudges Microsoft’s XP strategy

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| To that point, Ubuntu is releasing a UMPC-only version of Ubuntu 8.04 called
| Ubuntu Netbook Remix for Intel Atom-based netbooks and UMPCs. Because many
| current users of Linux-powered UMPCs may not even know they’re using open
| source, the hope is that more obvious “branding” will result in more people
| willing to run Linux on their primary PCs.


The year of the Linux … Mini Laptop!

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| Linux is making great strides in the consumer market lately. Although there
| had been forays by different companies before, when Dell came out with their
| Linux line, it was clear that Linux for the general consumer had arrived.
| Since then, other companies have followed suit, like Lenovo, and even
| Wallmart. But there is one product that seems to have really accelerated this
| trend and has managed to open a whole new class of products. This is the
| little tiny Linux laptop named the Eee PC.


Five reasons to hate Windows Vista

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| Not everyone loves the new operating system from Microsoft. Here
| are some reasons to have second thoughts about upgrading.

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