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Netbooks find a new Linux friend

The year 2008 saw that Linux has the potential to take on Windows on the netbook market. The smaller brother of the notebook, netbooks is now the craze. Because of it’s size it has the potential of creating a whole new meaning to portable computers. As technology like SSD gets wide acceptance, prices of these devices will inevitably find its way into netbooks. Low power CPUs and improvements in battery technology will also make these netbooks a “all in a day’s work/school” gadget.

Linux’s smaller footprint, more robust architecture, openness and cost effectivity makes it a perfect match for the netbook. The growing acceptance and awareness of the ordinary consumer will contribute to it’s increasing market share. But it looks like that’s not the only thing that will contribute greatly to the acceptance of Linux.

In late 2007, Google has introduced an open mobile platform called Android that is based on the Linux operating system. Android is focused towards providing a free and open platform for mobile phones. Today it seems that mobile phones are not the only things that Google’s Android can run on.

For instance, you’ve probably heard of some guys at eLinux being able to port Android to Nokia’s N810.

android-on-nokia-810

Well it’s not the only thing ‘coz lately netbooks have found a friend in Android. Here’s a photo of what a couple of freelancers at Venturebeat did by porting Android to an Asus eeepc.

android-on-asus-eeepc

And some challenged Canadians got their HP 2133 mininote and ported Android to it. Here’s a youtube video to showcase their Android porting activity.

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pkUpnHM1As 540 437]

Wonder how long it will take before Android runs on MSI Wind, Acer Aspire One and Dell Mini 9.

Gerry Ilagan

Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.

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