Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Apr 2008 21:51 UTC
Windows "What do you do if your flagship operating system isn't designed to run well on a popular new class of hardware? It's a problem currently faced by Microsoft. Budget laptops like the Asus Eee PC with minimal amounts of RAM, relatively slow CPUs, and solid state storage have proven popular, and Vista wasn't designed to operate well within such hardware confines. In response, Microsoft is reportedly planning to extend the availability of Windows XP for the budget laptop category."
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autumnlover
Member since:
2007-04-12

If so, then our dear linuxian colleagues should declare another "battle" as lost. What is left there "to win with the win" ? Cellular phones ? Wrist watches ? Talking clocks ;-)

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

If so, then our dear linuxian colleagues should declare another "battle" as lost.

Care to tell me one thing: I've noticed you trolling in almost every single post here talking crap about Linux users..but why? Are you really that bitter?

And well...I don't really think Microsoft can "win" this one. Linux, BSD et al just are more suitable for these low-power laptops. XP can run on them, no doubt about that, but Linux just runs a little better and one can even have eye-candy effects with Compiz-fusion as long as the laptop has GeForce 2 or better integrated.

These low-power laptops attract so many people mostly because of their low-cost. Having Linux installed doesn't cost anything, but if you buy one with XP it adds some more cost to it, and then Office suite would add even more. Sure, one CAN use OO.o under XP...but what does XP then offer over any Linux distro on such a machine?

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jensa Member since:
2006-12-01

Exactly my point!

And I can tell you that even here in word-centric enterprise corporation land I successfully use the open office suite when collaborating with colleges.

In either case, on any computer, low end or high we are no longer bound to any specific vendor if we do not want to!
Its 2008 and its all good, free and functional in FOSS land! :-)

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autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12

Care to tell me one thing: I've noticed you trolling in almost every single post here talking crap about Linux users..but why? Are you really that bitter?


Trolling ? Context of this news is quite obvious. "Budget" laptops are capable to run XP, not Vista, so Microsoft is considering to extend the XP availability period for such devices.

Consumers like to have a wide choice. And what people usually choose when they had to choose between Vista, Linux and XP ?

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Care to tell me one thing: I've noticed you trolling in almost every single post here talking crap about Linux users..but why? Are you really that bitter?

My guess is that he just needs a life. Maybe Ebay? ;-)

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

Having Linux installed doesn't cost anything, but if you buy one with XP it adds some more cost to it, and then Office suite would add even more. Sure, one CAN use OO.o under XP...but what does XP then offer over any Linux distro on such a machine?


PIRACY!

...well you did ask....

--bornagainpenguin

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