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Old 12-06-2007, 04:30 PM   #1
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LXer: Microsoft feeling heat from Linux in budget flash PC market

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Microsoft's newfound interest in this space is largely a response to growing demand for inexpensive subnotebook hardware that uses flash-based storage. Manufacturers of such devices are increasingly adopting Linux instead of Windows because Linux is free and easier to adapt for use on systems with limited computing power and storage capacity. Microsoft likely views the rising popularity of Linux-based budget mobile hardware in the developing world as a significant competitive threat.

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If Windows bases their efforts on XP, I suspect that they will fail unless they use strong-arm tactics. Windows XP is just too big and slow. Windows CE is a much better fit. It is actually quite reliable, fast, efficient, and has a lot less bloat. Of course, it also only has a percentage of the functionality. This, of course, explains why the focus is on Linux. It is small, fast, and fully functional compared to Microsoft offerings.


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