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Introduction; the World’s First Fully Open Netbook

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| The netbook market has become watered down with so many competitors trying to 
| cash in on the new craze, including but not limited to netbooks from 
| companies such as Asus, Acer, Dell, MSI Wind, and Sony. Finally though, one 
| company has decided to release a fully open netbook for those of us who love 
| open stuff. Lemote’s 8.9 inch YeeLoong netbook doesn’t look fantastic by any 
| means, and it sports a processor barely half as powerful as it’s competitors, 
| but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.       


Netbook Security: A Problem Or A Put-On?

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| That doesn't mean "better" versus "worse," although Linux does deliver an 
| advantage in terms of malware vulnerability. Mostly, it simply means that 
| Linux netbook buyers need to ask slightly different security-focused 
| questions than those buying Windows netbooks...   


Netbooks: proof the tech industry has gone nuts

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| Opinion: Why spend £2,000 when a £299 machine does what you want?
| [...]
| The 17" MacBook Pro is currently £1,949. The Samsung NC-10 is £299. Of course 
| the MacBook Pro is better than a netbook in all kinds of ways, and of course 
| Apple makes cheaper machines. But a MacBook Pro is what I've got, and it's 
| nearly seven times more expensive than the Sammy.   



Netbooks a nail in Microsoft's coffin?

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| Microsoft's announcement last month of relatively poor financial performance,
| together with news of the first job cuts in its 34-year history has added to
| the gloom already felt on Wall Street.


Review: Netbooks go mainstream

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| Also watch out for operating systems. Linux is the free operating system that
| can be found on the cheapest models.


The Cold Numbers of Microsoft’s Netbook/Linux Nightmare

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| It’s no secret that Microsoft isn’t doing too well in the netbook market.
| There has been a lot of speculation in the blogosphere to the extent of the
| financial damage. We did the heavy lifting and dug up the real numbers to
| accurately quantify what’s going on and what it means (hint: developers are
| getting laid off!).
| In this analysis we make the case that the rise of netbooks does not bode
| well for the company. For the first time, Linux is not only a real threat but
| is whacking MSFT’s bottom line. Long term, Microsoft’s OS business model is
| threatened.
| [...]
| Developers are the lifeblood of a software company. Microsoft’s ability to
| deliver innovative products is being stung by Linux in the netbook market.
| Unless Microsoft 7 is a hit, this trend will accelerate. Unfortunately for
| MSFT, Windows 7’s is based off of Vista and its cheapest version will limit
| users to running 3 programs at a time.


Netbooks: A Curse or a Blessing in an Imploding PC Market?

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| Linux has proved to be a very popular operating system choice on netbooks.
| Companies like Hewlett-Packard have even gone so far as to customize Linux on
| their systems in the hopes of a unique, distinctly un-Windows experience. The
| HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition computer, for example, actually runs on a modified
| version of Ubuntu Linux, but you would never know it.


The Netbook Windfall

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| Just the existence of desktop Linux—a second source for the OS, as PC
| builders have a second source for everything else—means a shift of
| negotiating power. There's still a lot of network value in a copy of
| Microsoft Windows because of all the compatible products out there. But,
| thanks to hard-working Linux driver writers, "driverless" USB class-compliant
| devices, and the rise of web-based applications to take the place of
| shrink-wrapped Win32 applications, the difference in network value is less
| and less at the low end of the market. There's a higher difference in Windows
| and Linux network value when you move up from a basic web browsing, word
| processing machine to either content creation (where more of the leading
| applications aren't out for Linux) or small business (where customers want
| Windows-only vertical apps and Intuit QuickBooks.)
| So today, the negotiating power that PC builders get from the threat of
| desktop Linux is only at the low end. Jim Zemlin at the Linux Foundation goes
| straight to the source: a Microsoft earnings report. "Client revenue declined
| 8% as a result of PC market weakness and a continued shift to lower priced
| netbooks." Even stuck at the low end, desktop Linux is making Microsoft's
| product cheaper. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes, "Well, I think Microsoft
| is offering some very sweet deals to the OEMs to make sure that XP gets a lot
| of play."


Netbooks are a win for Microsoft? Think again.

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| And given that price is the most important element of the netbook market, the
| moment Microsoft feels they've solidified their market share and being
| raising prices, their share will vaporize.  Linux's existence on netbooks
| will continue to create a loss for them, regardless of how much "market
| share" they have.  And the best part is, as people get used to Linux on the
| netbooks, they'll eventually want it on the desktop as well.  And that's
| something that Microsoft will do anything to avoid.


Microsoft Leaves the Door Wide Open for Linux on Netbooks

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| Windows 7 Starter Edition will also be made available to OEM's for
| installation on netbooks in all markets. This is presumably so that MS can
| finally end the sales of Windows XP to the netbook makers. I find it
| hilarious that Microsoft will offer such a limited, pathetic product for the
| netbook market. This will be a huge opportunity for the Linux community to
| educate the public about the plethora of free, feature complete Linux
| distributions available to run on their netbooks.


Cheap PCs Weigh on Microsoft

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| But most netbooks have less processing power than their full-featured cousins
| and can’t run high-spec versions of Windows, the world’s most widely used
| operating system. Microsoft is selling netbook makers cheaper, lighter
| versions of its operating system, but some manufacturers cut it out
| altogether by using Linux, an open-source OS. About 30% of netbooks, which
| sell for as little as $300, run a version of Linux.


Will the netbook cannibalize the traditional PC market?

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| Will netbooks ultimately put the Linux OS on an equal footing with Windows in
| terms of market share? Probably not. Given how consumers view netbooks right
| now -- more as a "mini laptop" than as another category of device in its own
| right-- an ultra mobile device more in line with a mobile Internet device
| (MID) than a PC -- consumers are favoring Windows.
| "As consumers come to view it as less of a PC and more of a tool to access
| the Internet that happens to look like a laptop because of its larger screen
| and keyboard, then they will probably come to accept Linux more readily,"
| Solis said. "In addition, only x86-based processors from Intel and Via (AMD
| had not yet jumped into this game) can support Windows. x86 also support
| Linux. The competing platform base would be ARM -- mostly with Cortex A-8 and
| Cortex A-9 based processors from ARM itself and its licensees. These
| platforms do not support Windows XP or Vista, but they do support full PC
| versions of Linux (that would be optimized for netbooks and MIDs)."


Google Android: Pushing Ubuntu Off Netbooks?

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| Frankly, I’m intrigued by the potential Android-Ubuntu showdowns on netbooks
| and MIDs. There’s nothing better than healthy, heated competition to drive
| innovation.

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