Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Mark Kent wrote:
>> Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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>>>> Dell punts £199 10in netbook
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>>>> | To get the price down under 200 quid, Dell has dropped the 10's 160GB
>>>> | hard drive for an 8GB SSD, replace the 1024 x 600 display with a 1024
>>>> | x 576 model, and pre-loaded the mini laptop with Linux: Ubuntu 8.04,
>>>> | to be precise.
>>> I hope megatroll is reading this!
>> A colleague of mine recently purchased a Dell netbook, but it only came
>> with Windows XP. He's replaced the XP with Ubuntu for netbooks and is
>> exceptionally happy with it.
>> Most people I know who are buying PCs at the moment are buying these
>> mobility-focused appliances. I don't know of anyone (except me) who's
>> bought a desktop recently.
> I remember when Linux Netbooks first came out, after about a year and for
> the next 12 months, the local superstores complained loudly that 'notebook
> sales had died' and no one wanted notebooks for some reason.
> Not one of the above superstores stocked the EeePC.
> They were also complaining that PC sales were flat.
> Then Microsoft did everything it could to turn non Windows compatible
> netbooks into notebooks, by redefining the term 'netbook' into what is
> basically a small netbook, with 2gigs of ram, a hard drive, XP home and
> twice the price.
> Sales of the new 'netbook' plummeted as a result.
Agreed, it just served to raise the cost to the customer, whilst
delivering decade-old versions of Windows (like XP).
> I think the next couple of years will be very interesting in this market
Watch this space :-)
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