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ZaReason's New Linux Netbook, How to Thrive in a Tough Market

Sep 03, 2009, 21:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Q: The idea that a netbook should be little more than a limited-purpose dumb terminal to connect to Web apps is still floating around. What's your take on this, is there a market for something like this? Or do your customers want an inexpensive, small notebook that does everything an ordinary notebook does, only smaller?

"A: From what I can tell, the crowd is splitting -- some want the strongest little powerhouse they can get; some want an elegant cloud notebook. There is a lot of work being done for both the muscle machines and the cloud machines and we are paying attention to both, hoping to supply both. We already have an Ubuntu netbook with quite a bit of muscle. When someone orders a 500 gig drive, you know it's not just a cloud machine. For the cloud, I'm headed off to Paris tomorrow morning to talk with the JoliCloud developers. JoliCloud appears to have the most promise at this point."

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