Microsoft and Intel have reached an agreement that the next generation of Netbooks will not have displays larger than 10.2 inches. Vendors that insist on making minilaptops with larger LCDs will not be eligible for the lower Windows 7 volume licensing rates for these machines.
Groklaw recently covered an manufacturer complaints that should be investigated for anti-trust violations. They did this with XP too, limiting processors, screen size and other important details. This probably explains Dell's cancellation of their 12" netbook.
The market may be impossible for them to control. Previously crushed ASUS is thinking about brining back GNU/Linux to their netbook line. Will they use Xandros as well as Moblin and Chrome? ARM Netbooks like CrunchPad threaten to steal the show too. Let's hope so. It's about time people had real software and hardware choices."
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