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Microsoft has launched a programme aimed at stemming the growing Linux tide on ultra low-cost PCs, but has some rather onerous terms if manufacturers want to play.

According to an article written by an IDG writer and published over at PC World, the software giant is so worried by the rapid growth in commercial Linux distribution caused by the boom in low-cost laptop devices like the Asus Eee PC that it is willing to offer cut-price copies of Windows XP Home Edition to manufacturers that may otherwise have bundled the open-source OS on their gadgets.

In order to prevent sales of the we'll-be-killing-it-any-day-now-honest last-generation XP operating system cutting in to the Windows Vista cash-cow, Microsoft will only allow ULPC vendors to bundle XP if they agree to a certain limitations on the hardware side of things: the screen has to be 10.2†or smaller, the device is limited to 1GB of RAM and a single-core processor of 1GHz or less, the hard drive – whether mechanical or solid-state – has to store under 80GB, and there's no sneaking a touch-screen on the device either.

It's clear from the restrictions that Microsoft is concerned about sales of low-cost hardware running Window XP slowing uptake of its new Vista operating system, and that the restrictions are in place to prevent a switched-on company from offering full-scale laptops supplied with XP – the OS that wouldn't die – to home users who aren't ready for the move to Vista quite yet.

An un-named Microsoft official quoted in the original article claims that manufacturers currently offering Linux on their low-cost devices “have made some good inroads with open-source, and Microsoft wants to put a stop to it.â€

At the risk of turning this article into a “woo, desktop Linux is on its way!†piece, it's hard to interpret Microsoft's move as anything other than a panicked attempt to prevent the open-source operating system from stealing any more ground in a market the company barely knew existed. While Linux may have a way to go before it's quite ready for mainstream use as the primary desktop OS for most, it's clearly at the point where it's more than adequate for a second computer – and that little fact clearly has Microsoft worried.
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ROFL!!!!!! This is gonna be funny, they're worried about linux taking too much of the UMPC market, then they shoot themselves in the foot with all the restrictions just to get a prce-cut on XP, lol. Someone should tell M$ that Linux is FREE!
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ROFL!!!!!! This is gonna be funny, they're worried about linux taking too much of the UMPC market, then they shoot themselves in the foot with all the restrictions just to get a prce-cut on XP, lol. Someone should tell M$ that Linux is FREE!
How are they shooting themselves in the foot

They are simply telling them to only put XP on smaller, cheaper laptop models so they can compete with cheap Linux models. All they are trying to do is compete.

However i think M$ are getting a bit tiresome now. I can sympathize that they don't want Linux getting mainstream, but it has been a one horse race for too long now. Do they really expect it to last forever? I mean you can drive away all the competition you want, but you cannot drive away a free OS that has the community behind it. M$ will lose in that respect.

It is their own fault in a way, if they had given us fair prices on OS's in the first place we would never have been dissatisfied, but they got greedy. But then no matter what the price, Linux is free and people will always rather have something for free

I really hope Linux takes of, and gets a lot more support. Would be awesome for educational facilities. They could spend there money elsewhere rather than M$ licences for Office and Operating Systems. PC's will also be cheaper.

I have never even tried Linux but i am behind it 100% and really want it to succeed, and not just on the account that i want them to stick it to M$.
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ROFL!!!!!! This is gonna be funny, they're worried about linux taking too much of the UMPC market, then they shoot themselves in the foot with all the restrictions just to get a prce-cut on XP, lol. Someone should tell M$ that Linux is FREE!
While Linux is free, most users are more familiar with XP. MS is worried that users will begin to get familiar with Linux... They are hoping that users are willing to stay with a limited XP over an unfamiliar OS. It's a gamble...
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Well, what I mean by M$ shooting themselves in the foot is this, in a few years the umpc market will expand as tech improves and prices drop. I can fully envision buying a UMPC with the following specs, 1ghz cpu, single core, 1g ram, all thats within the M$ limits for xp but say I also want that new tablet style model with the touch screen, and wait a minute, I can't get XP on that 120gb hdd model?! This is the problem, I can understand wanting to restrict XP and the limited pricing to the UMPC market, but I think they chose the wrong specs to limit, I mean, no touchscreen?!
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Well, what I mean by M$ shooting themselves in the foot is this, in a few years the umpc market will expand as tech improves and prices drop. I can fully envision buying a UMPC with the following specs, 1ghz cpu, single core, 1g ram, all thats within the M$ limits for xp but say I also want that new tablet style model with the touch screen, and wait a minute, I can't get XP on that 120gb hdd model?! This is the problem, I can understand wanting to restrict XP and the limited pricing to the UMPC market, but I think they chose the wrong specs to limit, I mean, no touchscreen?!
I agree to a certain extent. This restriction thing is lol.

This is good. m$ needs to be worried once in a while.
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MS is doing the smart thing here in a business sense, suprisingly no reason to bash them.
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I hope linux goes mainstream, that would be awsome. Then I could dumb M$ and Windows all together. And Mac isnt any better.
    
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I hope linux goes mainstream, that would be awsome. Then I could dumb M$ and Windows all together. And Mac isnt any better.
What stops you from dumping M$ and Windows now?

Linux going mainstream won't solve all needs. DirectX for example works because MS has a team and spends money communicating and assisting game developers.
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