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[News] Comparison: Xandros Laptop versus Not-for-Profit Linux Laptop

  • Subject: [News] Comparison: Xandros Laptop versus Not-for-Profit Linux Laptop
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 11:36:14 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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OLPC XO vs. Asus Eee PC 701

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| While it's not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison (the XO and the Eee PC 
| are intended for two different markets, after all), there's enough 
| similarities between the two to merit a head-to-head comparison. Here's how 
| these two cheap but innovative portables stack up in seven categories.   



ASUSTek is committed to meet the requirements of the GNU General Public License 

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| The open source code for EeePC is available here. To download the source code 
| of all open source software packages that are included in the product, follow 
| the steps listed below.  
| [...]
| Asus is also pleased to announce the upcoming release of the Eee PC SDK.


Asus Eee PC doing well

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| It appears that this holiday season the gPC is not the only mainstream Linux 
| PC to get a lot of attention. The Asus Eee PC, a $400 laptop that runs a 
| basic version of Linux, is sold out at Amazon and Best Buy, where it has 
| received a 4.5/5 user rating at both places.    


The Asus Eee Laptop Series Selling Off the Shelves World Wide

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| The sturdy and light weight Asus Eee has captured the hearts and minds of US 
| consumers, students and educators. The Eee series has all the features of its 
| competitors, but its affordable price is turning heads. The Eee units are 
| literally selling off the shelves world-wide.   
| [...]
| The popular Eee is not without its critics. IT Wire reports that Asus Eee may 
| have misrepresented the Linux loaded capabilities. According to IT Wire, some 
| Linux advocates say the Eee uses Xandros a Debian-based distribution that 
| charges a license fee and has an agreement with Microsoft similar to the one 
| signed by Novell.    


Intel: doing the dirty on OLPC

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| Intel’s agreement with the OLPC Foundation included a ‘non disparagement’ 
| clause, under which Intel and One Laptop promised not to criticize each 
| other, according to Nicholas Negroponte in the latest article in the Wall 
| Street Journal.   
| Still Intel tactics have violated that repeatedly to kill OLPC efforts in 
| Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, India, China and Intel is also still trying to pull 
| those tactics in Mexico, Brazil.  
| This is simply disgracefull of Intel, scandalous.
| But Negroponte has signed an agreement saying that he is not allowed to 
| criticize Intel, so he is not allowed to talk about these shameless tactics 
| even though Intel is the one violating the agreement.  
| So only independant voices on the Internet can get those messages of truth 
| out about Intels tactics. 
| In Nigeria, Intel came and donated 3000 laptops to counter OLPC efforts, then 
| sells 17 thousand Classmates to Nigeria at a loss. 
| Then Microsoft corrupted Nigerian officials with 400 thousand dollars to 
| install Windows XP on those instead of Mandriva Linux. 


Poor Kids' Laptop Cranks Up

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| Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates earlier this year told the Microsoft
| Government Leaders Forum, "Geez, get a decent computer where you can
| actually read the text and you?re not sitting there cranking the thing
| while you're trying to type" (see Bill Gates Mocks $100 Laptop).


One Laptop Per Child - Production Delays Caused By Microsoft, Intel?

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| I sincerely hope that no matter what the people who are running the
| OLPC project decide, that their project will continue and not get
| bogged down in a play of corporate greed and ambitions.


Negroponte says Intel should be "ashamed of itself" 

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| He is furious that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett called the One Laptop a
| gadget. The Negroponte initiative is caught in the middle of a vicious 
| fight between AMD and Intel, he said.


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| That software effort does not have the support of Mr. Otellini, who
| is concerned about incurring Microsoft's wrath, the executive said.
| The two companies have a long history of tension over who controls
| the hardware and software direction of the "Wintel standard."


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