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Ubuntu Netbook Strategy Faces Four Questions

Jun 10, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Panettieri)

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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 Intel’s Atom processor. But which PC companies and device makers will back Ubuntu on netbooks? Here are some thoughts, plus four key questions facing Canonical’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..."

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