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Submission + - ASUS and Acer Stop Making Netbooks (guardian.co.uk)

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?"

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Emacs Discovered to Have Infringed Copyright

tepples writes: "Anybody who has redistributed GNU Emacs software since 2009 has inadvertently committed copyright infringement according to this story on The H. The copyright license of Emacs requires distribution of the program's source code, defined as "the preferred form of the work for making modifications". But sometime around 2009, some compiled parser files from CEDET were checked in without the grammars from which they were generated, resulting in a technical violation of the GPL."

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