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[News] GNU/Linux Sub-notebooks Good for Lots of Things Owing to Versatility

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An Eee PC in Every Room? Twenty Uses for Netbooks in Your Home 

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| Here's what I'd do (most of these things require you to disable the Eee PC's 
| screensaver, which you can do quite easily): 
|    1. Watch TV.  The main purpose of our Eee PC right now is to use it as a 
|    very portable television.  We watch Hulu mostly, as well as South Park 
|    when a new episode comes out. We originally bought the Eee PC because we 
|    lost our DirecTV (neighbor's trees in the way) and we didn't want to have 
|    to run a cable to the far room, so we just set up the Eee PC in that room 
|    and streamed content from Hulu.  We love it.  But you need a set of cheap 
|    speakers plugged into the Eee PC to really get sound.  Otherwise it works 
|    great. My wife isn't a very confident computer user so I built her an easy 
|    menu of the sources of entertainment. (Yes, Flash for Hulu and YouTube 
|    runs fine on the Eee PC out-of-the-box.) Plus, the Eee PC has a port to 
|    connect to a larger monitor or TV (VGA).          
|    2. Listen to streaming music. Pandora works on the Eee PC. If you haven't 
|    used Pandora, you should really give it a try. It is a free streaming 
|    music service where you can construct your own radio station of cool 
|    songs. You can pick a number of your favorite artists and then it will 
|    play music that is similar to those artists (as well as the artists 
|    themselves). It can go for hours with enjoyable tunes, and if you don't 
|    like something, you can vote it down and it will jump to the next song.      



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.


Netbook Sales Soar in Europe

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


Future of Linux desktop: co-Linux on Android

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| We're at the native Linux desktop, moving towards the Android desktop
| (netbooks coming soon). What would bridge those two environments, is to offer
| a second Linux sandbox which runs along with Android.

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