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[News] Free Linux Phones Praised in Taipei Times, Google Expands Linux Efforts There

  • Subject: [News] Free Linux Phones Praised in Taipei Times, Google Expands Linux Efforts There
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Mar 2009 16:06:40 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open ecosystems coming: MIC 

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| Google Inc, Apple Inc and Nokia Oyj have all jumped on the open source 
| bandwagon but to different degrees, said Joyce Chen (陳釧瑤), a mobile 
| communications analyst at MIC.  
| For instance, Google’s Android operating system (OS) has an open platform and 
| open source code, while Nokia’s Symbian OS has an open platform, with plans 
| to follow Google’s footsteps and open up its source code next year.  


Google launches Android team in Taiwan, preps "Cupcake"

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| Google has launched an Android development team in Taiwan to provide support 
| to Taiwan-based hardware manufacturers, says an industry report. Another 
| story, meanwhile, reports that wireless carrier T-Mobile will release 
| Android's "Cupcake" update for its HTC-manufactured G1 phones in April, 
| adding a virtual keyboard.    



Intel, Taiwan tag-team Moblin, WiMAX

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| Intel and Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will jointly establish
| an "enabling center" for Moblin, an open source toolkit and software stack
| for developers targeting Intel's Atom processors. Additionally, Intel Capital
| will invest $11.5 million in Taiwanese carrier VMAX Telecom, with the aim of
| enabling Taiwan's first WiMAX network.


CF files FTC complaint against Microsoft

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| The Consumers' Foundation (CF), a private consumer watchdog, filed a
| complaint yesterday with the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) against Microsoft
| over the software giant's pulling Windows XP from the Taiwan market in line
| with its migration to the new operating system Vista.
| The CF urged the government body to impose sanctions on Microsoft for the
| termination of Windows XP sales in Taiwan.
| "We suggest that the FTC slap Microsoft with a heavy fine for impairing
| market fairness," said CF Acting Chairman Hsieh Tien-jen while delivering the
| complaint to the commission.
| [...]
| "Sixty-seven percent of local users want a return of XP to the market," he
| said, citing the results of another poll.
| He described Microsoft's marketing strategy as an abuse of consumer rights.


Netbooks in Taiwan: low pricing getting lower

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| MsiwindThere's no guarantee that the trend will continue, but netbook prices
| in Taiwan are dropping as the Intel Atom shortage disappears and competition
| rises. Price drops include:
|     * Asus Eee PC 700-series is down to $249
|     * Asus expects to reduce the Eee PC 1000 with Linux from $623 to under
|     $530, while the 1000H will drop $31 while the 901 will see a sale price
|     near $468
|     * Acer's Aspire One is down to $483 from $528

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