When it launched the netbook phenomenon a couple of years ago, the most noticeable thing about the Asus EEE PC, apart from its size, was that it typically ran Linux. Suddenly everyone was predicting the demise of Windows and the rise of Linux. Microsoft, naturally, quickly backtracked on its end-of-life plans for XP and threw itself into the netbook market with the result that Windows now accounts for about 90% of the netbooks market and Linux the remaining 10%. So buying a netbook with Linux is not as easy as it initially promised to be. We scouted around to find a selection of mid-level netbooks that could be bought in South Africa with Linux pre-installed.
Microsoft rules netbooks now, but ARM/Linux threat grows: Today Linux commands just 10% of the growing netbook market but Shane O’Neill over at Network World argues that there is a strong chance that Linux and ARM processors could completely rewrite the market.
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More good news from that quiet giant Asus. Last year the company announced Splashtop, an on-board version of Linux that would give users an instant-on desktop. Exciting as it was, Asus was only planning to have Splashtop on its high-end motherboards. Now DeviceVM, makers of Splashtop, have announced that Splashtop will no longer be restricted […]
Hoping to steal a little of the limelight from the already popular ASUS eee PC, HP has released its own sub-notebook. The 2133 Mini-Note PC ships with VIA’s C7-M processor, clocked at up to 1.6GHz. The lightweight notebook sports up to 2GB of 667MHz DDR 2 memory on board, and a choice of 120GB or […]
Processor maker Via Technologies is planning to cosy up to the open source community. The company said at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit today that its first step will be to open its official VIA Linux website at http://linux.via.com.tw later this month. The site will initially host drivers, technical documentation, source code, and information regarding […]
The ultraportable Asus Eee laptop has been getting a lot of good press recently. Now the company is capitalising on its popularity among Linux users by releasing a software developer kit for the platform. And the good news is that you don’t need even need an Eee to play around with the SDK. Asus has […]