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Why the Linux netbook crashed and burned

Jun 28, 2011, 04:06 (8 Talkback[s])
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"I think netbooksâ€"small, inexpensive notebooksâ€"are declining because Microsoft and Intel have finally succeed in weaning original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s away from Linux and low-endâ€"with corresponding low profit margins â€"hardware.

"This was always Microsoft’s plan since they first were cold-cocked by the sudden explosion of customer interest in netbooks. When netbooks first came along, they almost all ran Linux. Microsoft, which was then stuck with the resource pig known as Windows Vista, simply couldn’t compete. So, reluctantly, Microsoft gave Windows XP Home a new lease on life and sold it below cost to OEMs to kill the Linux desktop on netbooks."

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