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[2]: Maybe an overdue step
by lemur2 on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 02:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Maybe an overdue step"
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Windows 7 runs pretty good on netbooks, and they are just going to get more powerful as time goes on, and will run 7 even more capably. We've already seen this with the debut of the dual core atom.

Linux had a chance in this market, but MS crushed it by keeping XP alive. That allowed them to get past Vista and build something capable of running on a netbook.

World-wide, Linux has 33% of netbook market share.

Just because you are not allowed to buy netbook Linux in your local market at consumer outlet stores does not mean that it does not have a market.

Edited 2010-10-23 02:07 UTC

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