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The EU already went after Microsoft for monopolistic practices, and as far as I know that's still ongoing. I believe the situation you're describing was in the ECIS report, if I remember correctly.
The one and only reason Linux failed on Netbooks is the Grand Microsoft Conspiracy and facts such as:
- Users booting up netbooks and seeing something unfamiliar
- Users not being able to install all the windows programs that they already paid for
- Messed up Linux installations which failed to support webcams out of the box
played absolutely zero role. Everything was perfect until Microsoft came along. Edited 2009-05-13 14:13 UTC
"Users not being able to install all the windows programs that they already paid for"
Users don’t install software on netbooks> The majority don’t because it doesn’t have a CD drive, and they’re not used to the idea of software not coming on CDs. The only software I’ve seen users install is either Skype, or MSN.
The only valid reason I could see an average users wanting XP over Linux for is that the Linux software bundled with the machine isn’t MSN enough, and doesn’t support webcam; as you've said.