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The Linux Window of Opportunity Has Closed, Maybe for Good

Apr 10, 2008, 00:00 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Spoonauer)

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"A few months ago Linux was flying high, powering one of the most popular notebooks on the planet in the Asus Eee PC. Then rumors starting circulating that a Windows XP version was on the way. And what did Best Buy wind up taking? The XP Edition, and at the same rock-bottom $399 price. The Penguin reaches for the noose...

"Meanwhile, Wal-Mart pulled the mildly hyped gOS-powered gPC from its brick-and-mortar superstores and decided to go online-only for the half-baked CloudBook. And during HP’s recent media tour for the HP Mini-Note PC, the company glossed over the lower-cost SuSE Linux version. Why wouldn’t they when the Vista Basic version costs only $100 more and comes with a much bigger hard drive...?"

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