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[News] Microsoft's Nightmare Comes True: Google's GNU/Linux-based Sub-notebooks

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Google CEO hints Google/Linux netbooks may be coming

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| We've gone from pure speculation, to speculation based on facts, and now 
| Google's CEO is talking about how much sense this kind of idea makes. I 
| hereby predict that we'll see the first netbooks with an official Google 
| Linux desktop on them by the second half of this year. It will happen that 
| quickly because Google won't want to give Microsoft a chance to regroup with 
| Windows 7 from its Vista disaster.     


Android attack

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| In what would be its most direct challenge to Microsoft to date, Google is 
| said to be planning to offer Android, an operating system it developed for 
| smartphones, on a new generation of mini laptop computers. Can Google unseat 
| Windows on PCs?   
| The market for netbooks - small, low-powered and low-cost notebook PCs - has 
| mushroomed in the past 24 months. Ever since Taiwan's Asustek introduced the 
| Linux-based Eee PC in October 2007, all the big PC makers, from 
| Hewlett-Packard to Acer, have introduced their own low-cost laptops. The 
| machines typically cost less than R5 000.    



Google-Microsoft Next Skirmish: Netbooks?

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| But now, online news sites are talking about the possibility of a Google
| Netbook mini-computer that runs on the Android operating system. Would this
| be a big threat to Microsoft -- or Apple -- or any company using Linux on
| small computers?


Android the real Linux desktop threat to Windows

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| Microsoft got things seriously wrong when it released Vista and the company
| knows it. In the past, the absolute market dominance of Windows on the
| desktop has allowed Redmond to get away with such mistakes. That may no
| longer be the case now that Google has entered the operating system market
| with its Linux-based Android platform.


Google Android Running On Eee PC 701 Tutorial

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| We all know that the Google Android operating system was specially developed
| to run on cell phones, but that doesn't mean that we cannot tweak it to run
| on netbooks as well.


Ballmer keeps close watch on Apple and Android

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| And concerns regarding Google's open-source mobile operating system Android
| are not far behind.
| "I think the dynamics with Linux is changing somewhat," Ballmer said. "I
| assume we'll see Android-based, Linux-based laptops, in addition to phones,
| and we'll see Google more and more as a competitor in the desktop operating
| system business than we ever have before."


Ballmer: Android makes Google a bigger rival to Windows on PCs

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| Microsoft shares are down slightly, trading just over $17, following
| Ballmer's remarks.


Microsoft Sees Threat From Android Notebooks

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| With the grim economic climate weighing on all sectors of its business,
| Microsoft reiterated warnings about slowing revenues and profits for the
| second half of the year, but vowed prudent spending as the company looks
| ahead to new fronts in its war with Google.


Google boss backs subsidized Linuxbooks

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| Google CEO Eric Schmidt has hinted that his company - or at least its
| partners - will one day subsidize the purchase of extra-low-cost Linux
| netbooks in an effort to promote the use of its myriad cloud online services.

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