Microsoft Wants to Advise You About Netbooks

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[citation][nom]Article[/nom]The author of the blog also advises to consider a netbook’s hardware capabilities, such as the ability to upgrade to 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB SSD. Interestingly enough, both of those features are beyond Microsoft’s upper limits for netbook hardware sold with Windows XP.[/citation]


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What is quicken? I remember finding it on my HD,and immediately trashed the program, because it seems like another useless program (just like itunes and kazaa) that find their way straight in the recycle bin (or not even)).

I thought itunes actually started out on a mac?
 

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ProDigit80:

Quicken is or at least was one of the most essential finance tools spanning a hugely wide spectrum of solutions over a few nifty packs of software it was for as far as i know the defacto finance software back in the day and strangely any one i know doing their finance during the years before DSL used a mac and there have always been versions for apple computers (for as far as i can find intuit will not change this).

Actually as you might have noticed microsoft picked a few software packs to boast how compatible they are that all run on mac's.
Also these pack's could easily be replaced by any other software that would be at least 99.8% compatible thus making linux or mac os a viable competitor.

Obviously there are only few software titles that would really require you to run windows because there is no alternative most of the time this argument is only valid if the software is custom build and aging.
Also from what i hear there is no real alternative to AutoCAD but who would be sick enough to use that as an argument to buy a windows netbook over a linux loaded netbook?

The last non compatible software would be games and clearly they have a point there.
Although a netbook wont run crisis it might get away running games from several years back depending on the instructions used.
Because of this netbooks wont be a good platform for gaming and its likely that the games running on windows on the netbooks will run just as well using wine or emulation on linux or any other *nix.

Long story short Quicken is a financial software product and the blog post that guides you actually tries to indoctrinate you.
 

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[citation][nom]B-Unit[/nom]Find me a netbook that runs OSX...[/citation]
Yeah, I think that's what's meant when talking about operating systems in terms of netbook recommendations. Still, it's an easy mistake to make.
The hardware specs are more interesting, seeing as how some of those definitely cross out of bounds for OEMs' installing XP on it. It's also twice the speculated RAM limit, and who knows about the number of cores the CPU is allowed to have?
 

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The MSI Wind u-100 runs OSX, and even better than it runs XP. I had a geekbench score of just under 1000 on the one I used to have.
 

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nah, remember what apple said "Netbooks' are crap!" and was said that netbooks don't deserve the apple brand.

Really Microsoft, when you're limiting us on netbooks, it's just like saying, "Oh, your gaming desktop machine is way too powerful, you can't install Windows." You have to buy a weaker one in order to run windows. Just my thought :p
 

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It's funny watching Microsoft try to sway consumers to buy a netbook that will run windows 7 smoothly. It's very transparent that they are just simply trying to increase windows 7 sales. This is the kinda of shit that annoys me with MS, they just seem very pushy and persistent to the point of being very annoying.

They could try making a nice scalable product that just works well... but naw it's easier to try to change the trend instead.
 

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The author of the blog also advises to consider a netbook’s hardware capabilities, such as the ability to upgrade to 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB SSD. Interestingly enough, both of those features are beyond Microsoft’s upper limits for netbook hardware sold with Windows XP.
All these stupid hardware limitations.
Linux is much better, no restrictions at all.
You can run the Desktop version on a decent, recent netbook without problem's.
And if you need to use apps that only work on windows, install wine!
It can already handle MS Office, photoshop and a lot of other software for free (hollywood saw it was cheaper to make the wine libraries than paying for windows licences)!
And if you're lucky, your Linux hardware drivers are optimized enough to have better performance for the same program on Linux + Wine than on Windows native!

Windows has more than 10000apps?
So what, Every Linux distribution has a software manager that also has thousands of apps, more than 10000 I guess.
And all software that is written in standard C++ or has compilers for that language in Linux can be compiled to work in Linux!
All the source code on the internet is thus available for Linux!
This is much broader than the software for windows.
(There are also Linux specific apps, you won't find many of them!
And probably never encounter them as a programmer either.)

And there is an error in your article, Quicktime also runs on Mac!
(The binary Mac version that is.)
 

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[citation][nom]annymmo[/nom]Linux is much better, no restrictions at all.[/citation]
Now I know you are talking about the hardware side of things so I have to bring up a point. I am on my second netbook, an Asus 1000he. There is one thing that Win XP wins at hands down on netbooks... power management. I get 8 hrs with wifi on with XP and only 6 hrs with Ubuntu 9.04 (full version or netbook remix). Actually every distro I put on it got crappy battery life in comparison to XP: Fedora 10, Crunchbang(#!), Cruncheee, Sidux, Mint 6, PCLinuxOS, & OpenSUSE. I have also run into problems with connecting efficiently to wifi in all said versions distros, but XP works every time. That said, I am no Windows fanboy. I actually prefer to use Ubuntu for pretty much everything: home, work, laptop. But there is something to be said for good power management and wifi connectability on a netbook. As a matter of fact they are THE two most important considerations in a netbook. So, I must admit I do keep an XP partition on my netbook... but only use it when I will be away from a power outlet for more than 5 or 6 hrs.
 
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