Ubuntu Netbook Strategy Faces Four Questions
Jun 10, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Canonical has finally 'branded' its Internet-centric device
strategy for Ubuntu. The company says 'Ubuntu Netbook Remix'
devices will emerge as affordable, power-efficient, small screen
devices driven by Intelâ€™s Atom processor. But
which PC companies and device makers will back Ubuntu on netbooks?
Here are some thoughts, plus four key questions facing
Canonicalâ€™s netbook strategy.
"1. Asus eeePC: Yes, I've got one. And my kids
are addicted to it. The eeePC has proven that there's a market for
low-cost sub-notebooks (quietly driven by Linux). Will Canonical
successfully leverage learnings from the Asus eeePC, or will
Canonical wind up competing in some ways with the device? It sounds
like the netbook is designed more for handheld device use, while
the eeePC truly is a mini-notebook..."