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[News] GNU/Linux Does Well on Sub-notebooks Despite Microsoft Guerilla/Dumping Tactics

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Does Well on Sub-notebooks Despite Microsoft Guerilla/Dumping Tactics
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009 01:51:50 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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The BENQ netbook and EeeBuntu

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| I'm really quite impressed with the little device, I can also run the compiz 
| cube, unfortunately with the mouse pad it's a regular pain to work with, so I 
| don't bother. As a highly portable laptop, I personally recommend it, or any 
| other 10” net book with Linux.   


My bigger concern with Microsoft - netbooks

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| I’ve already written about how difficult it was to find a good selection of 
| Linux-based netbooks, and that discussion included some suspicions that 
| Microsoft might be acting like its old self as it tries to stem manufacturer 
| and distributor defections from Windows XP and Vista, particularly on 
| netbooks. I believe CAOS commentator ObiWanKenobi summed up this sentiment 
| well:     
|     This ‘not wanting to sell Linux’ may be the result of some ‘carrot or 
|     stick’ action from Microsoft. M$ (sic) can afford to offer some favorable 
|     conditions on Windows to sellers who agree ‘not to want to sell Linux.’ 
|     They sustain it for a while, until the competition is strangled. Then 
|     they raise the prices. This is a classical case of dumping. Waving a big 
|     stick may be even more effective. Intimidating in a subtle way does not 
|     cost them anything. Of course, nobody knows about this because it is all 
|     done secretly.       
|     ‘Not wanting to sell Linux’ manifests itself in many ways. Dell hides 
|     their Linux PCs on their web site so that you have to look for them by 
|     using Google. Netbook producers equip their creations with crippled 
|     versions of Linux which can perform only a few basic functions. Linux can 
|     be also put on a more expensive hardware version to make them look less 
|     attractive than their Windows-equipped cousins.     



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.

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