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Netbooks: A Curse or a Blessing in an Imploding PC Market?

Feb 12, 2009, 15:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)

"But the low-profit nature of the netbook game has already started to take a drastic toll. Microsoft, which sells Windows XP at a discount for netbooks, suffered its first ever decline in Windows revenue last quarter due, in part, to the low margins of the software going onto these systems. Atom chips also produce less profit for Intel than standard laptop chips.

"In addition to disrupting PC economics, the netbooks have shaken up PC politics.

"Linux has proved to be a very popular operating system choice on netbooks. Companies like Hewlett-Packard have even gone so far as to customize Linux on their systems in the hopes of a unique, distinctly un-Windows experience. The HP Mini 1000 Mi Edition computer, for example, actually runs on a modified version of Ubuntu Linux, but you would never know it."

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