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[News] Vodacom's Low-cost GNU/Linux Machine Announced and Already Reviewed

  • Subject: [News] Vodacom's Low-cost GNU/Linux Machine Announced and Already Reviewed
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 17:30:58 +0100
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Vodacom announces low cost web-focused computer

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| The Linkbook's operating system is geared 
| primarily towards a user-friendly web 
| experience; from email to social 
| networking and browsing, as well as basic 
| Open Office - everything a business 
| entrepreneur, student or first-time PC 
| user could need in a computer.


Vodacomâs Linkbook Linux netbook reviewed

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| For the price, though, itâs difficult to 
| be too hard on the Linkbook. At 
| R199/month, it is becoming easier to get 
| computing into the hands of almost 
| everyone. Weâre sure that Nicholas 
| Negroponte would agree with us that thatâs 
| a good thing. But whether this is the 
| device to do it is open to debate.



Linux To Regain 50% Netbook Market Share

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| I'm sure some will dismiss Mr. Lim's projections as self-serving since Linpus
| is a Linux distributor heavily invested in the netbook market. It turns out
| Mr. Lim isn't alone in seeing Linux equal or even overtake Windows on
| netbooks. ABI Research sees it happening but they see it taking a bit longer
| than a year. They see Linux regaining dominance on netbooks by 2012. ABI
| cites ïthe arrival of low-end ARM-based netbooks as part of the reason for a
| Linux resurgence. They also cite the arrival of Linux distributions designed
| for mobile devices, particularly Android and Moblin. Windows doesn't run on
| ARM processor based systems.
| While ARM has been getting lots of notice in the tech press a Spanish company
| called iUnika announced the first netbook with a MIPS processor (pictured).
| Linux already runs on MIPS processors. The support dates back to MIPS-powered
| SGI workstations running Linux back in the '90s. Windows, on the other hand,
| doesn't run on MIPS powered systems.

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