When I first read that I thought it would be an interesting read; then I got to the part where it is all about the manufacturers looking at Android and Linux to replace Windows. This had me laughing as it was the very same manufacturers (Dell, HP, Asus) that asked Microsoft for XP due to large customer returns of the Linux based models.
Ok, yes Linux and Android are free, this will enable netbooks to sell for the same price and have more margin of profit. But the issue is that the majority of people buying netbooks right now are not Linux Savvy. They are going to get it home (after the Best Buy Clerk tells them what a great deal it is) and be completely lost with the OS.
This will result in even more returns and cost even more money to the manufactures. I am not sure why the sudden Linux resurgence but it is still not quite ready for the masses, and this is from someone that runs several different distros.
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Microsoft is riding high as the dominant operating system provider for so-called netbooks, but is increasingly facing challenges from old rivals in new clothes for that dominance. Can you say Linux? How about Android?
Google's Android, some analysts and observers think, could displace Windows in one of today's hottest markets - but it could be a tough battle for the interlopers, too.
Since nearly the inception of netbooks a couple of years ago, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has had an apparent lock on providing the operating system for so-called netbooks. In fact, the software titan's Windows XP has become the de facto standard on netbooks in the past year.
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