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: Maybe an overdue step
by darknexus on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 17:34 UTC in reply to "Maybe an overdue step"
darknexus
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I doubt this will help with Linux adoption on netbooks, given that Windows 7 runs fine on recent netbook hardware. Now if the OEMs would get some sense into their heads and ship netbooks with at least Home Premium instead of Starter...
If Linux is going to be adopted on devices like this, it'll come through Android or other highly custom oses, and that comes with one major flaw... on a netbook, most users expect to be able to run their customary apps. This isn't much of an issue on a tablet, since the different interface seems to open peoples' eyes up to the fact that it's a different kind of device, but netbooks are close enough to laptops that many people have the same expectations on what they need to run and how it should operate. Perhaps we'll see more Android or other Linux tablets coming out (I'm eagerly awaiting the day I can get my hands on a Samsung Galaxy Tab) but I suspect netbooks will remain pretty much as they are, especially seeing as how the promised ARM-based netbooks are so much vaporware. Netbooks will go to Windows 7 (this is already happening) while tablets will branch out.

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RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step
by nt_jerkface on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:19 in reply to "RE: Maybe an overdue step"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

especially seeing as how the promised ARM-based netbooks are so much vaporware.


A big part of that has to do with Flash being delayed for ARM. The ARM cpus of the last few years have also been overhyped. The Cortex A9 is the real deal though.

I think it is interesting that MS is betting on ARM for WP7. The mobile world is certainly a weird one given that Intel plans on using a Linux distro to push their Atom cpus.

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RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step
by Mellin on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:21 in reply to "RE: Maybe an overdue step"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

i have only seen windows 7 starter edition on netbooks

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bornagainenguin Member since:
2005-08-07

darknexus posted...

I doubt this will help with Linux adoption on netbooks, given that Windows 7 runs fine on recent netbook hardware.


Except those are no longer rightfully considered "netbooks" and are in fact tiny laptops. Go back and consider the specs of the first and second generation netbooks, as typified by the eeepc and compare them with what often gets released with Windows seven. Not even close is it?

--bornagainpenguin

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RE[3]: Maybe an overdue step
by darknexus on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 06:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step"
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2008-07-15

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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