Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2009 10:23 UTC
Intel As was already revealed by eWeek earlier this week, the EU has imposed a massive fine on Intel for abusing its monopoly position. The fine is larger than the one given to Microsoft: 1.06 billion EUR, or 1.44 billion USD, opposed to the 899 million EUR fine imposed upon Microsoft.
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RE[2]: Of course
by linumax on Wed 13th May 2009 15:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Of course"
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Users don’t install software on netbooks> The majority don’t because it doesn’t have a CD drive, and they’re not used to the idea of software not coming on CDs. The only software I’ve seen users install is either Skype, or MSN.

What?! I just consulted my calendar, and apparently it is May 2009. I think most people are familiar with downloading and installing software. Grandma, who is not, or only has CDs, will be able to locate the family geek to take care of it. That's when she is introduced to the sad reality that her 7 year old accounting software and decade old garden manager won't work any more.

From my experience, MSN is not the big deal here, most people will happily use alternatives, as most of them do a good job. Even Office is not that big of an issue most of the time as OO is good enough.

On the other hand, large group of netbook buyers are students looking for cheaper solutions. They are smart enough to move the contents of the CD that came with their textbook to a USB key, but they won't be able to run it. That is the deal breaker right there.

Edited 2009-05-13 15:45 UTC

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