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The Recipe for Linux's Netbook Success

Jul 13, 2009, 16:04 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

[ Thanks to smk for this link. ]

"While Linux has been a player in the netbook market since the beginning, NPD Group recently reported that Microsoft Windows now represents 96 percent of the market. Amidst that backdrop, what will take for Chrome OS and other Linux vendors to capture share in the netbook market?

"Linux will naturally capture more share on netbooks as Microsoft economics prove unrealistic for this market," Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at the Linux Foundation told InternetNews.com. "Microsoft as it existed for the past 20 years does not fit into a world of free carrier-backed netbooks and an Internet OS."

"Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) currently makes Window XP available to netbook vendors and is currently working on a version of Windows 7 for netbooks. Microsoft told InternetNews.com earlier this year that Windows on Notebook PCs in the U.S have gone from under 10 percent in unit sales during the first half of 2008 to 96 percent as of February 2009."

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