Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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RE[3]: Maybe an overdue step
by darknexus on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step"
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Actually, I have an Eee PC... and Eee PC 1005PE to be prcise. So what's that again about the specs of the Eee not allowing 7? Look, I like Linux as much as you obviously do, but these kinds of comparisons don't help. I still think that Linux failed not because of any inherent deficiencies in the experience of the major desktops, but due to serious deficiencies in what the OEMs like Asus provided. Had they gone with something better, something like Ubuntu or Debian or Mandriva that was still supported by its own developers and would have worked, the outcome might have been very different. Now however, we might as well face facts. Windows 7 runs fine on current netbooks (and I consider anything with a low power processor such as an Atom to be a netbook). New netbook buyers will be buying current, not older, models. Windows has won in this space because the OEMs fscked up their Linux installations even worse than they usually fsck up their windows installations. Just be glad you can install Linux, or any other os, on your netbook if you want to. Let's hope the OEMs don't follow Apple's example.

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