Aaron Heibert writes:
"Several of Microsoft's partners are stepping up support for Windows alternatives as well. Intel intel is now promoting Linux for a new class of mini-laptops that use its Atom processor. Dell dell has also introduced a mini-laptop that can run Linux as well – they also may be using the operating system for digital media players media players according to someone that is familiar with the company's plans. "It is an endrun around Windows," says Rob Enderle, president of tech consultant Enderle Group."