Dell changes its Windows vs. Linux netbook strategy, plans new subsidized model
May 14, 2009, 14:33 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Rolled out last night at a press event in New York City, the
Mini 10v "companion netbook" offers some but not all of the same
features as the slightly pricier Inspiron Mini 10 "media netbook,"
according to DK Ray, product marketing manager.
"The new Inspiron Mini 10v is the first netbook from Dell to be
available for Windows and Linux simultaneously, and it won't be the
last. Up to now, Dell has released the Windows XP flavors before
the Ubuntu Linux editions. Going forward, though, Dell will ship
all future netbooks on the same OS, Ray divulged, in a meeting with
Betanews at the event.
"Dell's increasing emphasis on Linux is a bit surprising, given
that a number of observers lately have pointed to Windows' growing
domination on netbook platforms industry-wide."