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Netbooks Are Little Notebooks, and Linux on Netbooks Rocks

Jul 08, 2009, 10:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Most computer users don't want an inflexible little Internet machine that runs only a Web browser, especially not for three or four hundred dollars or more. Something like that should come free in a box of cereal. Most want all the functionality of a full-sized notebook, only smaller, lighter, and with significantly longer battery life. A little less power is OK, and these days let's get real-- what we consider low-power is the supercomputer of a few years ago.

"It's too bad that ASUS, who launched the modern netbook craze, couldn't resist the siren call of Microsoft and threw Linux away. But it's their loss, as thankfully other vendors are releasing small Linux notebooks and netbooks, whatever you want to call them, and are actually showing some competence with Linux. Like making sure that all the hardware is supported, and that everything works. I don't know why so many vendors make such an uphill struggle out of OEM Linux, it's magnitudes easier than any other OS."

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