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[News] GNU/Linux Sub-notebooks Now Selling for $129.95 (!!) in the United States

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Sub-notebooks Now Selling for $129.95 (!!) in the United States
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2009 21:23:20 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Get an Asus Eee PC Netbook for $129.95

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| Translation: forget Windows. This baby runs Linux, which is absolutely fine 
| for stuff like e-mail, Web, and other basics--but no doubt a deal breaker for 
| some users.  



Low End Linux Netbook Prices Continue To Drop

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| Last month I wrote about netbooks powered by the MIPS processor, originally
| developed by SGI. I also pointed out that the price for the Belco Alpha 400
| had dropped to $149 last December and January. That is now the regular price
| for the lowest of low end Linux netbooks at Geeks.com. Last week they had a
| special and the price dropped to $139.


Archos launches Ubuntu netbook with 500GB hard drive

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| You may have noticed that practically ever netbook running Windows has the
| same specs: 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, probably an Intel Atom processor,
| and a 9 or 10 inch display. That’s largely because Microsoft is offering low
| cost Windows XP licenses to PC makers selling netbooks that meet these
| specifications. It helps keep the costs down while providing netbook makers
| with an operating system that’s been proven to work well on low power
| computers.


SPOTTED: Linux notebooks with ARM CPUs

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| Freescale and Qualcomm have coined the term smartbook to describe Linux+ARM
| systems, ditching Atom+Windows for good.


Are Linux netbooks really returned more often than Windows models?

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| But Philip Solis, an analyst at ABI Research, questions the "reliability" of
| this evidence.
| Solis said in a March research note that Taiwan's MSI had not yet shipped a
| Linux-based Wind at the time of the comment to the magazine. When it did, it
| did "adapt" the operating system for the netbook's smaller size -- an key
| ingredient to Linux's acceptance by consumers, Solis wrote.
| Acer, Asus and Dell have all built customized versions of Linux for their
| netbooks. Solis said that Asus has noted equal return rates for Linux
| netbooks versus those running Windows.
| And while ABI's surveys show U.S. consumers clearly stating their preference
| for Windows netbooks, Solis said that isn't true around the world.
| In Asia, netbook buyers are both thriftier and "and not as tied to the
| Windows environment," Solis said. "They're looking for certain features, but
| they aren't as tied to a certain brand name."
| Solis predicts an increase in Linux netbook shipments this year, from 25% to
| a third of the 35 million netbooks expected to sell globally this year. Under
| that estimate, Linux will be shipped on 11.5 million netbook PCs in 2009.
| Solis is bullish about his prediction because of the coming ARM wave. With
| Microsoft still balking at porting Windows 7 to ARM's mobile CPU, PC makers
| using ARM have no choice but to use Linux.

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