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[News] New Sub-notebooks from Dell and Verizon Run GNU/Linux

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Dell Freshens Up Its Mini 10 Netbook with Ubuntu

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| Dell now provides its 10" Mini 10 netbook with Ubuntu in the U.S. and Canada, 
| with the rest of the world to follow shortly. 


Verizon to Offer HP Mini Netbook and 'Mi-Fi' Service May 17, Reports

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| It would come with either Windows XP Home (SP3) or Ubuntu Linux and 16/32GB 
| solid state or 80GB hard-drive options. 


That can't be true. Microsoft Munchkins say that Linux is only on 0.00001%
of 'netbooks'.


Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 on an entry-level netbook

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| Once installed, booting UNR from power on to login prompt was a swift 35
| seconds. That’s 13 seconds off Windows7 RC’s time on the exact same hardware.


ARM netbook with Android undercuts Atom models

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| Many manufacturers have now joined the Open Handset Alliance to cooperate on
| developing Android; an operating system originally tailored to mobile phones,
| with a practical browser and a lot of applications.


Netbooks: Best of the Best

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| The dominant Windows XP (which now runs about 80 percent of netbooks) will be
| challenged by Linux and Google's Andriod OS.


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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