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Novell: Linux is driving force for netbook market   
Thursday, October 09 2008 @ 04:22 PM EDT
Contributed by: sde

The growing popularity of netbooks such as Asus' Eee PC is boosting demand for Linux, according to Novell's chief technology and strategy officer for Linux, who said that open-source software was the ideal option for systems which place lower demands on hardware.

"People typically don't care what operating system is on the netbooks, because they don't buy them to run a suite of applications like Microsoft Office, but to be on the web using a web browser," Nat Friedman said.

Novell's SUSE Linux is already being pre-loaded with laptops from vendors including HP, Lenovo and MSI. The company is now in negotiations with Lenovo and HP to start offering its Linux distribution on their netbooks as well, he added.

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