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Why Apple and Google Need to Get Into the Netbook Business

Nov 24, 2008, 14:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Perlow)

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"ASUS has the right idea with using an extremely customized Xandros on the Eee PC, but I think there are two OSes which would have much more consumer appeal and would really launch netbooks into the stratosphere in terms of mass adoption.

"The first, of course, is Mac OS X. Certainly, Apple could go ahead and tweak the regular Mac OS X it uses on their Macbook systems for a reduced OS footprint, and slap it in a nice pretty case and on Intel Atom reference hardware, which is the same strategy that all the other netbook manufacturers are taking with their Windows XP and Linux-based systems. However, given the huge popularity of the iPod and the iPhone, and the wide variety of applications available on the iPhone/iPod app store, it might make more sense to use a modified version of what they use for that device implementation, and adapt the iPhone/iPod reference hardware to use a larger screen and a full-size keyboard and mouse touchpad."

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