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$100 Linux client uses Via's first ARM SoC

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| Via Technologies has quietly established a subsidiary called WonderMedia, 
| which is readying a multimedia-capable ARM9-based system-on-chip (SoC). An 
| early version of the "Prizm" SoC, called the VT8500, is available in a 
| Linux-ready NorhTec MicroClient TC thin-client that costs $100, says the 
| company.     



ARM CPUs in most netbooks by 2012

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| ARM-based processors will take market share from Intel Corp.'s Atom in the
| netbook segment and hold 55 percent of the netbook market by 2012, according
| to Robert Castellano, president of The Information Network.
| Castellano said Atom will hold 80 percent market share of the 21.5 million
| netbooks expected to be sold in 2009, but that technology changes—including
| trends in cloud computing and Linux—will undermine Atom's grip on the market
| during a recessionary time when people don't want, and can't afford, a second
| laptop just to carry around.


Ubuntu netbooks will run all day

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| He said they would run for at least eight hours without a charge – a time
| long targeted by notebook manufacturers, as it is considered to be a working
| day. Intel-based notebooks claiming all-day working tend to pack extra
| batteries.
| Hickman was speaking after ARM announced that it is working with Canonical,
| UK commercial sponsor of Linux, to optimise Ubuntu for the ARM platform,
| mainly on the power management and use of the platform's Neon multimedia
| processing.


Ubuntu on a Chip: ARMv7 Devices to Get Full Ubuntu Desktops

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| Canonical has announced that because of increased demand from hardware
| manufacturers, it will begin supporting ARMv7 processors (used in many
| smaller and system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices) with an optimized, commercially
| supported, full version of the Ubuntu desktop.


ARM and Canonical to Bring Full Ubuntu Desktop Experience to Low-Power, ARM
Technology-Based Computing Devices


Ubuntu to run on ARM

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| ARM has announced that it has made a deal with Canonical, the company behind
| the Ubuntu Linux distribution, to create a version of Ubuntu for ARM
| processors that will offer the full desktop experience on low power devices.


ARM Cortex-based netbooks due soon

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| While Microsoft has not produced an ARM-compatible version of its mainstream
| Windows operating system, the chip architecture is supported by Windows CE,
| multiple Linux distributions and a version of Apple's OS X.


Linux SDIO stack targets ARM SoCs

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| Chennai, India-based EmbWise has ported its Linux SDIO stack to two ARM-based
| system-on-chips (SoCs). Its SDIOWorx stack is now available for Freescale's
| i.MX31 and i.MX27 multimedia SoCs, which are primarily targeted at the
| personal media player (PMP), personal navigation device (PND), and video
| surveillance camera markets, says EmbWise.


Tiny boards gain Linux cross-tools support

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| Gumstix says its tiny ARM-Linux SBCs now support the OpenEmbedded (OE) build
| environment. In addition to pre-built Linux images, the company now offers
| a "gumstix-oe" collection of source files and bitbake recipes, for those
| wishing to use the open source cross-compilation environment.


Dual-core ARM SoC clocks to 1.2GHz

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| The MV7x SoCs are supported by a reference design development platform,
| including software drivers, toolchain, and BSPs for Linux, VxWorks, and BSD.


Freescale Plans Reference Design for Linux ARM Netbooks

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| When will power-saving and affordable ARM netbooks become available?
| Freescale Semiconductor has ventured into an advanced standard, albeit with
| their homegrown i.MX515 chip.


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 returnt to Linux. Asustek Chairman
| Jonney Shih has predicted that about 60 percent of Eee PCs to be shipped in
| 2009 will have Windows XP.


Netbook Sales Soar in Europe

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

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