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Five big issues with ARM and Android netbooks

Jun 16, 2009, 13:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Morris)

"Whether you love or hate it, Windows looks and works exactly the same on all netbooks and PCs. The same isn't true of Linux. There are several distributions, and each one has many different interfaces. PC makers also put their own stamp on this with interfaces such as HP's Mi (Mobile Internet) on its Mini netbooks. At Computex, I even saw a 10-inch smartbook from Pegatron, a contract manufacturer, with a Freescale ARM chip running Xandros Linux with a

"Windows XP "look-a-like" user interface. Linux boosters see this customization as a big advantage. Trust me, it’s not. The smartphone model--lots of operating systems, lots of carrier customization and apps--won’t work well on smartbooks. When you start-up a new PC, you should have a reasonable idea what the OS will look like and how it works."

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