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[News] Qualcomm Chooses GNU/Linux for Its Sub-notebooks

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Qualcomm unveils 'smartbook' Linux netbooks

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| Pineda said smartbooks would have battery lives of up to eight hours, based 
| on active usage. The devices, which will be made by Qualcomm's partners, will 
| have GPS and HD video playback, and will run on Linux with a smartphone-like 
| user interface.   
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http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10012842o-2000331761b,00.htm


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Linux vs Windows: The Netbook Question

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| I recommend you try Linux on your current PC before making your decision.
| Ubuntu Linux is one popular distribution that's extremely easy to set up and
| get running. You can boot it directly from the CD (which you burn from a
| downloaded .iso file), install it from inside Windows, or put it onto a
| bootable flash drive.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/164235/linux_vs_windows_the_netbook_question.html


Otellini: Windows 7 Upgrade for Netbooks Will Be Tough'

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| Microsoft has a challenge: Sell a Windows upgrade as a way to save money.
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| The company's fourth quarter Windows revenue declined 8 percent, as PC buyers
| opted for lower-priced netbooks that run either Windows XP or Linux, rather
| than the higher-priced Windows Vista operating system, which does not run on
| netbook hardware.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/160967/windows7_netbooks.html?tk=rss_news


Reports: Microsoft Cripples Windows 7 Starter Edition in Hopes of Netbook
Upgrades

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| With Windows 7 Microsoft is releasing cheap versions of its OS for netbooks,
| but faces the challenge of getting customers to buy pricier versions
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http://www.dailytech.com/Reports+Microsoft+Cripples+Windows+7+Starter+Edition+in+Hopes+of+Netbook+Upgrades/article14532.htm


Microsoft’s Windows 7 May Not Cure Netbook Headache

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| This time, as Microsoft readies Windows 7, the company is planning a basic
| version, as well as more expensive editions that are also targeted at
| netbooks. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said last week that he will make sure
| consumers can “trade up.”
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| ‘Pessimistic’
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| Many netbook buyers won’t go for it, because they want the cheapest option
| possible, said John DiFucci, the JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst who asked the
| question that prompted Ballmer’s comment. That means investors shouldn’t
| expect Microsoft to make much more money on netbook software, the New
| York-based analyst said in a note to clients. Microsoft hasn’t released
| specific prices for the different versions of Windows 7.
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| “I don’t know that there’s much room to charge more than what’s been charged
| currently,” said Michael Cherry, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft in
| Kirkland, Washington. “I’m pessimistic about this.”
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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=ahmXCOAixVMw&refer=us


Moblin V2 vs. Ubuntu Netbook Remix vs. Ubuntu MID

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| Last week Intel had pushed out a second alpha release of Moblin V2 and now it
| boots even faster, which means they are down to the point of being able to
| boot in just a few seconds. Beyond a very quick boot process, they have
| already incorporated kernel mode-setting and other newer Linux/X.Org
| technologies while also working to build a desktop environment around the
| Clutter OpenGL tool-kit. Moblin is certainly turning into an interesting
| Intel creation, but how does its performance compare to other mobile-focused
| Linux distributions? We have benchmarked Moblin V2 Alpha 2 and compared it
| against what is likely their biggest competitor in the mobile space, Ubuntu
| Netbook Remix, and the LPIA-based Ubuntu MID edition. Which of these mobile
| operating systems is the fastest? We hope to find out today.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=moblin_ubuntu_mobile&num=1


What next for the netbook?

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| Price-wise I'd say that high-end netbooks are perhaps getting too far away
| from the initial premise of a small, cheap companion. These days the high-end
| models cost at least $900. Kogan Technologies is set to shake things up with
| its $499 10-inch netbook running gOS - a flavour of Linux designed to play
| nicely with Google services. I'm wondering if this will put pressure on other
| netbook makers to get back to basics and release a stripped-down 10 inch
| netbook to compete at around the $500 mark. Such a price war would certainly
| see netbooks take off again.
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http://digihub.smh.com.au/node/422


Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market

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| Brandon Le Blanc from Microsoft posted an interesting post about Netbooks and
| Linux last week. While we agreed with his comments about customers wanting
| choice and looking for outstanding hardware options, we disagree with much of
| his analysis and unsurprisingly the overall ’spin’ of the post.
|
| While FLOSS software has been improving year on year, the launch of the Asus
| eeePC with Linux in late 2007 sparked a extraordinary chain of events. We saw
| an increase in the number of models of computers shipping with Linux, the
| acceleration of the PC industry’s knowledge of how to work in a non-Windows
| environment and the repeated extension of XP’s shipping life.
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http://blog.canonical.com/?p=151
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