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Adam Williamson on Sub-notebooks With GNU/Linux

"Where are we on this Jihad?"

--Bill Gates



Summary: "Red Hat's Adam Williamson discusses the troubling epidemic of Vista 7 Crippleware Edition taking hold of netbooks," as our reader Ryan put it last night

LAST night we had a long discussion (warning: 1 MB page) about this new post written by Adam from Fedora. As he put it, "Only Dell of the major-tier manufacturers has shipped netbooks with Ubuntu pre-installed; the other major tier vendor we’ve discussed, HP, ships/shipped SUSE). But really, what I’m interested in with this post is the question of how Linux is doing."



In order to understand what Microsoft has done in the area of sub-notebooks, people must first look at confirmed stories where Microsoft was coercing OEMs, dumping, and allegedly sometimes bribing and using Intel-type tactics to exclude GNU/Linux. We covered the subject in posts such as:



Those who ignore the history of sub-notebooks will fail to understand the present. Microsoft still abuses its position (a monopoly).

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