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Old 04-02-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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LXer: Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry

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Get ready for the next stage in the personal computer revolution: ultrathin and dirt cheap. Steve Giddens, right, showing netbooks in Atlanta, where the company is offering netbooks for $50 with an Internet plan. AT&T announced on Tuesday that customers in Atlanta could get a type of compact PC called a netbook for just $50 if they signed up for an Internet service plan an offer the phone company may introduce elsewhere after a test period. This year, at least one wireless phone company in the United States will probably offer netbooks free with paid data plans, copying similar programs in Japan, according to industry experts. But this revolution is not just about falling prices. Personal computers and the companies that make their crucial components are about to go through their biggest upheaval since the rise of the laptop.

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The only question is whether the manufacturers of ARM based netbooks screw up the way the manufacturers of Atom based netbooks did, namely by producing their own, 100% crappy, Linux distros. Even manufacturers like Dell, who got it partially right by going with Ubuntu, screwed it up by creating a lame-brained architecture (lpia) that cut Mini users off from the vast majority of the Ubuntu software repositories.

Linux should have ruled netbooks, but they didn't because of hardware manufacturers incompetence. I'm not convinced the ARM based manufacturers are going to do any better.


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