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2008: A year of the Linux Distillery in review

Jan 01, 2009, 08:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M Williams)

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"Netbooks
Looking back it's interesting -- even sad -- to see how some things didn't work out as they could have.

"At the end of 2007 ASUS had released the ASUS Eee Linux PC. This diminutive subnotebook was cheap -- ok, not cheap as in "dirt" but cheap as in "a laptop for just a couple of hundred dollars."

"The punters loved it, the competition envied it, an entire new market (dubbed "netbooks") emerged and it looked like ASUS had pulled off what Ubuntu and Red Hat had not been able to do -- namely entrench Linux in the homes of ordinary folk who use computers to send e-mail, manage their photo collection and write letters."

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