This article speaks about how our friends in Redmond are trying to address the reality of Linux being able to run well on older machines. But, if one is to believe the story, the so-called testing being done by Redmond is yet another classic case of “fudging the data”.
Fairly early in the article, they are reported to be testing machines running RHEL, FC3, etc against wxp and their ws2003. If that were only the case. A few paragraphs down, the Redmond spokeman is quoted as saying that “… with the right amount of configuration, Windows CE can also run in much the same way on all sorts of small and old devices …”. If this quote is indicative of their test methodology and resulting conclusions (and data points for future FUD campaigns), I think we can call on their bluff right now.