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Smartbooks: Embracing Linux With Open ARMs

Jun 19, 2009, 14:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)

"Asus notwithstanding, netbooks have received a great deal of attention in the Linux community for their role in gaining wider acceptance for our favorite operating system.

"So, when Freescale and Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM) More about Qualcomm recently debuted a line of what they call "smartbooks" at Computex -- prominently featuring ARM (Nasdaq: ARMHY) More about ARM processors and priced as low as US$199 -- the blogosphere had no choice but to sit up and take notice.

""Good opportunity here," wrote jginspace on Slashdot, for example, where close to 300 comments were made on the topic. "I hope the application availability is going to be good -- as a Nokia (NYSE: NOK) More about Nokia Tablet user I've been running a variant of Linux on an ARM processor for some time now and I can't wait to get my hands on an ARM netbook."

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