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Linux and the Brick and Mortar Establishment

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| One of the things that many people don't realize when complaining about the 
| lack of Linux powered machines in Brick and Mortar (B&M) establishments is 
| the one thing that's kept Windows the dominant player for ages.  
| And what is that little fact? Windows sells software and extras. A LOT of 
| software and extras. I've seen this first hand myself. And what about Linux? 
| Really, Linux is a loss leader of epic proportions for these stores.  
| Why? Because Linux DOESN'T sell a lot of extras. Why? Because Linux just 
| works. Ok, so there's still some faults in Linux, but as with any evolving 
| piece of software, that's to be expected.  But most of those problems are the 
| fault of the OEM's who either don't support Linux, or provide shoddy support.  
| If an OEM does support Linux properly, everything's golden in penguin land.  
| The same holds true with Windows.  OEM support either makes or breaks an OS.   
| But that's another topic for another day.     



Microsoft losing control of netbooks

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| The Wall Street Journal has reported how HP and other PC OEMs are currently
| exploring their options for Android-based netbooks.


The year of the netbook

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| After doing all the research, I pounced on a President's Day sale and bought
| a 2.2 lb. Dell Mini 9 for $199, pre-installed with Linux Ubuntu. While this
| computer hardly sets the world on fire with speed or features, it cost $900
| less than my entry-level MacBook. It's taken some getting used to, but it's a
| capable backup and perfect for working on the road. It has decent speakers,
| modest battery life, good wireless connectivity, several USB ports and a
| built-in memory card reader. Mine has a tiny 4 gigabyte hard drive (it comes
| in larger sizes, too). In this world of Web-based Gmail and Google Docs, I
| actually doubt I'll fill it up, since Ubuntu is lean and mean, and I'll still
| use my MacBook for my photos and music.


Ballmer: GNU/Linux Will Win on Netbooks

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| I think this is a very frank analysis of the problem for Microsoft: after
| all, who's going to pay extra money just to get the Windows logo on a
| netbook, when they can get the same features for less with free software...?


math: Windows 7 + netbook = failure - GNU/Linux as remaining winner!

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| Windows XP is basically gone, so an OEM license is worth 20 USD for a
| manufacturer, no problem at all. Windows 7 for Netbooks is the same as all
| other Windows 7 variants - no lean, light, vlighted, 7lited or whatever. Just
| a Starter version like in Windows Vista which gives you the "power" to run
| maximum 3 applications at the same time. Where again is the advantage? Oh
| yes, now Windows 7 Starter crippled edition costs a bit more than 20 USD for
| OEM, I would say around 99 USD after discounts, tax not included or did you
| think MS stops earning money?


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.


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.
| 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.


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

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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


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.”
| ‘Pessimistic’
| 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.
| “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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