Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Jan 2009 22:06 UTC
Google Netbooks run either Windows or Linux, and both are readily available in shops all over the world. The Linux variants chosen by several netbook manufacturers are usually derived from desktop distributions, and obviously, Windows is a desktop operating system as well. However, netbooks have small displays, and both Windows and GNOME/KDE and some of their applications aren't always suited well for such an environment. Enter Android, Google's Linux-based phone operating system. It is suggested that Android-based netbooks will appear on the market in 2010, maybe even sooner.
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To add to this (aimed at centos_user)...
If you don't want to use Gmail, don't. If you don't want your messages archived, either turn this off or go delete them every once in a while--you can actually do that, you know, surprise surprise. If you don't want your email out there, or in anyones hands but your own, run your own email server. No matter what webmail service you use, or even ISP mail service, your information is going to be used by that company, period. Don't like it? Get a spare computer, put your favorite os on it, and get that server running.
In fact, let's make this simple. To sum it all up, for complete privacy, here's what you do. Close all bank accounts and credit cards, disconnect your internet service, drop your phone service, board up your windows and doors, and enjoy yourself. Concessions to privacy are inevitable, and not just on the internet. Accept this, or go live in isolation.

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