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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Aiming at the total user experience with quasi-dictatorial control of the final hardware and software appear to be what makes Apple successful in introducing its new devices. The X86 based OEMs have been forced to focus on only the hardware aspect of their devices as the software was handled by Microsoft. Applying the same development model with a minor adaption of a Linux distribution to the device ended-up with the bad results you mentioned.

A few comments about ARM based netbooks (and netpads) have been made.

What I am hoping, as an user, is for a major manufacturer to develop a device based on this platform plus a cleaned-up and modernized Risc OS (please keep the OS in ROMs for warp-speed boot!) and web-related apps along with some sound and video manipulation capabilities.

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