There’s an article on InfoWorld about netbooks and the impact they’re having on Microsoft’s bottom line:
“Why is all this bad news for Microsoft? First, an estimated 30 percent of all netbooks ship with Linux. That means Microsoft doesn’t get a penny for Windows from 30 percent of all netbooks being sold. Given that netbooks represent the fastest-growing PC market segment, the company’s problem may get worse with time.”
I’ve heard this prediction for many years – that is, that computer hardware would become so cheap that it would make the cost of a Windows license seem out of line. I was always a bit skeptical that this would work for non-Linux geeks (it didn’t exactly pan out when the “$500 desktop PC” first hit). It’s interesting to see it finally take hold.
And last week I met up with a friend of mine from library school for a coffee, where they proudly showed me their new netbook…running Ubuntu Linux. This person’s background isn’t anything close to computer science – it’s in Fine Arts. Since getting their new netbook, they have also converted their older (and heavier) Dell laptop to Ubuntu, as well – all without a hitch.
(Sidenote: Yes, I will continue to call them “netbooks”, regardless of what Psion Teklogix thinks).