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Google boss backs subsidized Linuxbooks

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has hinted that his company – or at least its partners – will one day subsidize the purchase of extra-low-cost Linux netbooks in an effort to promote the use of its myriad cloud online services.

“What’s particularly interesting about netbooks is the price point,” Google’s Willy Wonka told a room full of financial types this afternoon at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in downtown San Francisco. “Eventually, it will make sense for operators and so forth to subsidize the use of netbooks so they can make services revenue and advertising revenue on the consumption. That’s another new model that’s coming.”

via The Register.

Forget Microsoft CE, Sidekick LX 2009 to run NetBSD

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

According to some sleuthing and inside information provided to the folks at, the upcoming rumored Sidekick LX 2009/Blade may run the open source NetBSD OS and not some funky Windows CE version with the Danger UI tacked on top.

via Forget Microsoft CE, Sidekick LX 2009 to run NetBSD : Boy Genius Report.

23,000 Linux PCs forge education revolution in Philippines

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Providing high school students with PCs is seen as a first step to preparing them for a technology-literate future, but in the Philippines many schools cannot afford to provide computing facilities so after a successful deployment of 13,000 Fedora Linux systems from a government grant, plans are underway to roll out another 10,000 based on Ubuntu.

via Computerworld – 23,000 Linux PCs forge education revolution in Philippines.

OLPC XO-2 to be open source hardware

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

According to a report from the Guardian, the next version of the OLPC (XO-2) will be open source hardware. The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is a non-profit organisation who’s mission is to provide children across the world access to modern education by providing laptops that they can use for learning.

via heise online – OLPC XO-2 to be open source hardware.

Jolicloud: the OS your netbook has been screaming for

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Out of nowhere, one Tariq Krim has crafted the Jolicloud operating system, which is an OS designed specifically for those miniaturized laptops that rely on underpowered CPUs and less RAM than any PC should be booted up with. In essence, Jolicloud is a modified flavor of Linux that promises faster boot times than other alternatives, and judging by the shot above, it’s pretty heavily reliant on icon-based navigation.

via Jolicloud: the OS your netbook has been screaming for – Engadget.