Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 21:21 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The netbook craze is currently in full swing, with these small laptops being advertised everywhere (at least here in The Netherlands); in fact, you can already get netbooks with 3G from the mobile phone carriers at severely reduced prices (but with a one or two year contract, of course). Netbooks are also welcomed by the Linux community as the break they've been waiting for: many netbooks are available with Linux pre-installed. One of the more successful (and powerful) netbooks out there is MSI's Wind, which is also sold under different brand and model names by other companies. In an interview with LaptopMag, MSI's Director of US Sales Andy Tung, however, has some bad news for those that believe the netbook will be the foot in the door that the Linux desktop has been waiting for.
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Look at the positive side...
by -APT- on Mon 6th Oct 2008 11:34 UTC
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Yes there might be four times as many Linux versions being returned, but just how many people are keeping their Linux netbooks? Getting so many people using Linux is a success, yes it's a shame that there are more returns for the Linux version but it's nice to see progress being made.

I think the quality of the distribution needs to be taken into account though. The Aspire One distribution (Linpus Lite) comes with severely broken package management making it impossible to update. If more netbook providers gave more thought to the quality of the distribution then they might have a bit more success.

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