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[News] Acer Chooses Linux Over Windows, But HTC Still Screws GNU/Linux Users

  • Subject: [News] Acer Chooses Linux Over Windows, But HTC Still Screws GNU/Linux Users
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 17:09:45 +0100
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Acer Joins Android Army, Demotes Windows Mobile

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| Fanbois and girls alike constantly debate the future mobile 
| operating landscape. Is there room enough for all of the 
| current platforms or will there be just a few? From a 
| consumer standpoint, thereâs room for plenty of competitors 
| â after all, choice is good, right? But more choices can 
| play havoc with the finances of the companies that produce 
| handsets. With a fixed budget of resources â in a tight 
| economy, no less â handset makers need to judiciously 
| manage their resources and devote them strategically.
| Acer is reportedly doing just that, says Digitimes, and 
| theyâre adding to the growing trend of phone makers who are 
| joining the Android army.


Linux-based phones : Why are GNU/Linux users treated as second class?

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| Iâm aware that some will read this post as me whining 
| because I bought an HTC Hero without checking if it worked 
| with my GNU/Linux box. Just to be clear: I was fully aware 
| of these limitations prior to purchase. I donât tend to 
| sync my mobile devices with my desktop(s). I do back them 
| up and right now thatâs all I need. So in reality the sync 
| issue isnât a problem for me â other than the firmware 
| upgrade for which I must borrow a Windows box. But I â like 
| many â chose the HTC because the software it was based upon 
| was free and I wanted to support companies and products 
| which utilised it. The same thing applies to other 
| manufacturers. So, specifically HTC: Where is the synching 
| and upgrading for non-Windows users? and generally for all: 
| Because of your use of free software, GNU/Linux users are 
| an increasing part of your customer-base, start recognising 
| and addressing that factor you may well lose our custom.



Acer to shift focus to Android smartphones

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| Acer, while still developing Windows Mobile-based smartphones, has
| shifted its development policy to focus more on the Android
| platform, with at least half of new models launched in 2010 to be
| Android-based, according to industry sources.


Acer is starting to ignore Windows Mobile

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| WHILE IT IS STILL developing Windows Mobile-based smartphones,
| Acer has shifted its development policy to focus more on Google's
| Android, reports Digitimes.


Acer Aspire One Linux Netbook

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| Netbooks have very much become an integral part of our
| hyperconnected lifestyles. These smaller computers slot right in
| between the functionality of a proper smartphone and a larger
| laptop, making them an affordable way to gain access to the
| ârealâ Internet without lugging around a big notebook. While a
| lot of people prefer to take the route of Windows or even a
| Hackintoshâd Mac OS X-powered netbook, the cheapest and least
| resource-heavy route is that of Linux.


Acer reveals Veriton N260G nettop

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| It's got an HDMI port, though don't expect to be pumping out lots of HD
| without that Ion chip, and it's got a very low energy consumption, as well as
| recyclable packaging materials. It comes pre-installed with Vista, XP or
| Linpus Linux.


Acer to make first-ever Android netbooks

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| Acer at Computex today said it would be the first to produce netbooks using
| Google's Android platform. Company IT product president Jim Wong expects the
| systems to appear in the summer and that the Linux-based systems will still
| use Intel Atom processors. He didn't provide prices, though the Android
| netbooks should be less expensive than Windows versions as Google doesn't
| charge for licenses where Microsoft asks for $15 for each copy of Windows XP.
| [...]
| Acer's decision is a blow to Microsoft, which has managed to achieve a
| near-monopoly of the netbook market by consciously selling Windows below cost
| to reduce most of the price advantage that had led Acer, ASUS and others to
| choose Linux in the first place.


Acer may be first with Android netbook

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| Acer plans to launch a version of its Aspire One netbook with Google's
| Android mobile operating system in the third quarter of this year, a top
| executive at the company said Tuesday.


Acer Aspire Revo hits retail, is surprisingly affordable

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| Today, the supposedly-affordable-and-tiny 1080p-capable PC has become
| available at Play.com, and it's... well, surprisingly affordable. Today's
| listings show the base model - equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N230
| processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8GB SSD, GeForce 9400M graphics and a Linux
| operating system - etailing at a cost of Â149.99.


Acer ponders Android smartphone

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| Acer has followed in the footsteps of arch rival Asus with talk of possible
| plans to launch an Android-based smartphone.


Thin Acer Aspire One netbook suggests SSD, Linux

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| Before Acer moved to 10-inch netbooks from 8.9-inch versions, it used such a
| slot to bolster the limited storage capacity for its SSD-equipped Aspire
| Ones.


One month of living with an Acer Aspire One and Fedora 10

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| Personally, I like the little fellow and Fedora 10 works well! ;-)


Acer Aspire One and Fedora 10

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| This particular Netbook has been on the market a while and
| a number of people have shared their experiences with
| changing the operating system. My first thought was to
| install the latest version of Ubuntu Linux but research
| seemed to indicate that Fedora 10 was perhaps a little more
| compatible with the Aspire One hardware and would require
| less command line tinkering.
| Iâm sure the situation of Linux release compatibility is
| constantly changing so my choice may not match your own
| decision.
| Not being sure how successful this Linux transformation
| would be, I decided to leave Windows XP on the Aspire One
| and have it dual-boot Linux and Windows. What follows are
| the basic steps for accomplishing this from the 10,000 foot
| level. You can find much more detail and knowledge here,
| here and here.


Review: Acer Aspire One

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| So overall, I like the Aspire One. It's much better than the similarly priced
| Asus Eee PC 701, but I will be installing Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex on it this
| weekend already.
| Rating: 8/10


The Acer Aspire One Netbook Review

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| We'll be taking a look at the Acer's Aspire One, which makes its debut into
| the rough and ever-evolving world of the netbook market. Featuring an
| 8.9-inch screen packed into a compact frame, this version of the Aspire One
| that we're reviewing uses Linux and has only 8GB of storage space, similar to
| the earlier ASUS Eee PC models. Size wise, this unit is slightly bigger than
| the Eee PC 901, but still smaller than the MSI Wind NB U100.


Acer Aspire One: the new sub-laptop to beat?

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| Mind you, the 120GB HDD-equipped One is only down as Â30 more and comes with
| 1GB of memory rather than 512MB, though that's plenty for Linux and do you
| really want a hard drive in a machine that's going to be chucked around a
| lot? Well, at least you have the choice.



Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.

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