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Linux: Coming soon to a Windows laptop near you

Linux is being deployed everywhere these days, including Windows laptops.

The Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin provides an interesting twist on the most cutting-edge Windows machines from Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and others: they're all running Linux.

No, he's not talking about dual-boot systems. (OK, kind of.) Instead he's talking about "fast boot," which an increasing number of computer manufacturers are delivering via Linux-based solutions from DeviceVM and others. Resource hound that it is, Microsoft apparently needs some help from Linux getting started from the once "cancerous" Linux.

Zemlin writes:

What does this mean for Linux? First it means that Linux is more central to the user experience. As The New York Times points out, this is "Microsoft potentially losing the user experience."...We may see a world at the end of next year where Linux ships on almost every notebook computer regardless of whether it is loaded with Windows.

Who would have thought?