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Submission + - ASUS and Acer Stop Making Netbooks (

tepples writes: "Asustek Computer, which launched the low-cost subnotebook PC (or "netbook") with the Eee PC in 2007, has announced that it will no longer manufacture netbooks. DigiTimes reports that Acer has followed this lead, meaning the last major manufacturers of 10" laptops have dropped the segment entirely. An analysis on The Guardian points out several things that killed the netbook market: the rise of ultrabooks (lightweight full-size laptops), the drop in prices of full-size laptops, the fact that PC sales track global recessions fairly closely, and the cost of a Windows license combined with most end users' unwillingness to learn how to use GNU/Linux.

So once existing netbooks wear out, what's left for people who want to combine the portability of a 10" screen with the flexibility of a PC?"

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