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    no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    PC Pro has an article on why Windows 8 will kill the netbook because there's no cheap starter version:
    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/374932/w...-kill-netbooks

    But wait. Do I have Windows on my netbook? No, I have Ubuntu. Will Ubuntu save the Netbook? I sure hope it will. Let's all send Ubuntu download links to the netbook manufacturers.

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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    At best uninformed speculation.

    I have W7 pro on a netbook, and have run W8, both run fast, with the ram bumped to 2 gigs on a 32 bit 1.6 atom set up.
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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    Windows 7 starter was crippled btw. Good riddance.
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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    Netbooks are already dead
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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    By what standard do we call Netbook dead?

    The same standard Apple was declared dead in the late 90s?

    Perhaps the way many think the desktop is dead?

    Perhaps like many argued that Cobol and Fortran were dead?

    The only 'dead' products, to me, are the ones no longer sold... like the Apple Newton or the Apple Mac II SE, or an i386 based computer.... those are dead.

    That being said I do not think Netbook are something Ubuntu should focus on... with ultrabooks the need for a light weight machine is being met by a much more powerful machine... if you want a 10" screen and a very small unit then you are likely to be lured by a tablet... and Ubuntu tablet would be very cool... especially if it was similar to the ASUS Transformer stuff... keyboard dock that ads ports and batteries.

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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    Quote Originally Posted by WendyWeber View Post
    PC Pro has an article on why Windows 8 will kill the netbook because there's no cheap starter version:
    http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/374932/w...-kill-netbooks

    But wait. Do I have Windows on my netbook? No, I have Ubuntu. Will Ubuntu save the Netbook? I sure hope it will. Let's all send Ubuntu download links to the netbook manufacturers.
    Well THIS and...

    Quote Originally Posted by wilee-nilee View Post
    At best uninformed speculation.

    I have W7 pro on a netbook, and have run W8, both run fast, with the ram bumped to 2 gigs on a 32 bit 1.6 atom set up.
    THIS..


    So nothing has changed...
    I got Win7 Pro on one of my Netbooks (Dell 2GB RAM, 1.6 Atom) as well and even have run Visual Studio on it. No issues. Not turbo charged, but usable.
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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    Quote Originally Posted by cprofitt View Post
    By what standard do we call Netbook dead?

    The same standard Apple was declared dead in the late 90s?

    Perhaps the way many think the desktop is dead?

    Perhaps like many argued that Cobol and Fortran were dead?

    The only 'dead' products, to me, are the ones no longer sold... like the Apple Newton or the Apple Mac II SE, or an i386 based computer.... those are dead.

    That being said I do not think Netbook are something Ubuntu should focus on... with ultrabooks the need for a light weight machine is being met by a much more powerful machine... if you want a 10" screen and a very small unit then you are likely to be lured by a tablet... and Ubuntu tablet would be very cool... especially if it was similar to the ASUS Transformer stuff... keyboard dock that ads ports and batteries.
    A walk around a retail store will find maybe one or two Netbooks, that's it.
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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandit View Post
    So nothing has changed...
    I got Win7 Pro on one of my Netbooks (Dell 2GB RAM, 1.6 Atom) as well and even have run Visual Studio on it. No issues. Not turbo charged, but usable.
    Same on my 1.6 Atom, 2GB RAM and Win7 Pro x86. Runs fine.
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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    Who needs W8? I have ubuntu on mine. I have everything I need.
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    Re: no starter windows 8 kills netbooks. But wait....

    Windows 7 is still supported. So I don't see any reason why Microsoft wouldn't keep making OEM versions for builders of netbooks and other low-cost computers, just like Windows XP was in earlier netbooks.

    But yes, it also gives Canonical an opportunity to expand into the low-cost netbook field in the event that Microsoft gives it up altogether, and market Ubuntu for use in netbooks (the original platform for Unity).

    The other thing to look at and hope for: We can hope that lower-powered ultrabooks come down in price and effectively replace netbooks.
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