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[News] Sub-notebooks with ARM Chips Change the Game for GNU/Linux, Microsoft

  • Subject: [News] Sub-notebooks with ARM Chips Change the Game for GNU/Linux, Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 16:27:56 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Does OLPC have a Future in ARM Smartbook Era?

,----[ Quote ]
| Again, it seems that a smartbook derivative 
| should be able to play the role of an XO in an 
| educational environment. Two of the huge 
| advantages of smartbooks is availability and 
| economies of scale. They are planned to be 
| available from a host of sales channels, most 
| notably from 3G service operators at 
| subsidized prices. This means, that some of 
| the smartbooks will likely come at zero 
| initial price, only a 2 year data contract 
| will need to be signed. 


Are slates going hurt Microsoft's bottom line any more than netbooks?

,----[ Quote ]
| Whatâs going to happen with slates, the multi-
| touch-optimized successors to the 
| stylus/digital-ink-dependent tablet PCs? Will 
| Microsoft have to cut the price of Windows 7 
| that it offers PC makers so as to keep them 
| from doing a Dell, which provided a quick 
| glimpse of an Android-based, 5-inch handheld 
| at CES? Or from coming out with a Chrome 
| OS/ARM-based slate later in 2010? Competition 
| is good for Microsoftâs partners: It provides 
| them with a new bargaining chip to be used 
| when negotiating the price per copy of Windows 
| with Microsoft.



Foxconn Linux netbook hits the FCC

,----[ Quote ]
| Foxconn is a Taiwanese OEM that makes computers
| that are rebranded and sold under different
| company monikers. So I donât expect to see the
| Foxconn SZ901P hit US shelves anytime soon, at
| least not under that name. But the FCC has
| published documents related to a netbook under
| that name.
| The one interesting thing about the Foxconn
| netbook is that it supports Windows XP as well
| as a custom Linux distribution called FoxOS,
| which includes a dock-style program launcher.


Foxconn netbook runs on Linux


Foxconn working on 'sub-Â100' ARM-based Linux netbooks

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| Will ARM-based netbooks retail for under Â100? The Taiwanese contract
| manufacturer behind the Foxconn brand seems to think so.
| A Hon Hai Precision staffer - one Young Liu, special assistant to the company's
| CEO - admitted this week that "we have a few smartbook projects and I think there
| is demand for these sub-$200 devices".

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