Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Aug 2008 12:10 UTC, submitted by judgen
Linux As we all know by now, netbooks are the latest craze in the computing world. Small notebooks, perfect for on the go, and relatively cheap. The interesting thing is that these netbooks are often offered with Linux pre-installed instead of Windows, and this prompts many to believe that it is the netbook niche where Linux will gain its first solid foothold among the general populace. "It does a lot to level the playing field. In fact, Linux looks to be quick out of the gate," said Jay Lyman, analyst with the 451 Group. However - is that really happening?
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Where things will get interesting is when XP's life comes to an end early next year. Will Vista be installable on these machines?

Microsoft will probably just make an exception for XP on these devices, just like they're doing now. I don't think you can truly buy XP on regular PCs now, just can just buy Windows Vista Business with XP Pro Downgrade (as Dell puts it).

Microsoft isn't stupid. They'll keep selling XP on these machines until they have something else (PocketVista?) ready. To them, it's better than people buying them with Linux installed.

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1c3d0g Member since:

Exactly. They're just steaming through to finish Windows 7 as that O.S. will be easier to run on a netbook (compared to Vista).

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cyclops Member since:

Vista is pushing 2 years RTM its hardly a new OS and ignoring all the vapourware nonsense that Windows 7 has the potential to replace. At best it only addresses one humiliation and thats putting an 8 year old OS on the machine is the only way they can compete. It doesn't address the main reasons Linux is being chosen which is price The only thing they can do is give the OS away, and try to make money on streaming content from a main computer, but there are several companies who are better positioned to do this simply by being content providers. The bottom line is for the social networker on the move why use *any* Microsoft product. I can think of several stable free(as in cost) alternatives for both browser and OS.

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