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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)

"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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