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[News] Windows Profits Zeroed in Growth Area (Sub-notebooks), Thanks to GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Windows Profits Zeroed in Growth Area (Sub-notebooks), Thanks to GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 23:16:27 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The Sub-$200 Netbook: A War That Windows Can't Win

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| Some pundits claim that Linux has already lost the netbook war against 
| Windows. From where I sit, however, the real battle is just heating up. 
| A few weeks ago, I discussed Freescale's plans to launch a new, low-power 
| processor architecture for use in netbooks. These systems will be designed to 
| retail for less than $200 and will run several Linux-based operating systems, 
| including Ubuntu Linux and Google Android.   


Imagining the end of high-cost computing?

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| Cloud computing: Not everything will reside in the cloud but Web-based 
| computing increasingly dominates what we do in front of the terminal. If all 
| you need is a good data connection, there's less rationale for paying top 
| dollar to buy a fancy computer. You don't need a top of the line machine to 
| access YouTube.    



TomTop sells 7" Xburst Netbooks for USD209

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| CPU: XBurst 400 MHz CPU 32
| Operation system: LINUX
| Memory: 128M RAM


Linux Netbooks - Cheap is good

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| It is shortly that netbooks have taken consumer-level Linux for both personal
| and professional reasons. With the increase in demand for these ultra-small
| netbook computers, Linux has a fair chance to attract its consumers. Linux is
| offered as a standard on many netbooks. They are a paradigm changer and their
| USP is the price and openness which the user experiences. Netbooks provide a
| real opportunity for Linux to market and gain the mind-share.


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.


 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.”

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