Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2008 23:23 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "After the incredible success of the Asus Eee PC, other manufacturers are ready to get their piece of the pie. This means that within the next few months we are going to see this segment go from just two devices - the Eee PC and the Nanobook (which has yet to come out in the U.S. but which we have been hearing about for some time) - to many more." Another article on the Eee says: "Five of the 10 best-selling notebooks, including the top three models this weekend do not run Windows or Mac OS X. In fact, they are different models of the same diminutive notebook the Asus Eee PC - that runs on Linux."
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RE[7]: Competition is good
by dagw on Fri 1st Feb 2008 16:15 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Competition is good"
dagw
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You and I know the advantages of Open Source and avoiding lock-in and all that, but I'm just not convinced it's enough on its own to sell an Office suit to the general public.

I actually think KOffice 2 is a more interesting option, possibly with more potential than OOo, to sway people. When you look at OpenOffice you see a slightly crap clone of MS Office. When you look at KOffice 2 you see someone offering a new and different approach to many things.

Look at Apples iWork as an example. It gained popularity not by trying to clone Office, but by doing things differently in a way that many people appreciate.

Look at my original example of Photoshop vs. PWP. I chose PWP over photoshop not because PWP was cheaper clone of Photoshop, but because it did things differently in a way I consider better. The fact that it's much cheaper was simply a nice bonus.

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