"To be scrupulously precise, though, the best definition of a
netbook edition of any OS would mean something that's not only been
tuned to run well on minimal hardware, but also has its interface
and visual styles set up to support a smaller display (and perhaps
also a smaller keyboard and less accurate pointing device).
"As of Beta 1, Windows 7 doesn't really have an out-of-the-box
theme for a smaller display -- if anything, most of the effort in
recent releases of Windows has been on making larger displays more
useful. Desktop gadgets also do not appear to be freely resizable,
which makes them somewhat less useful on a smaller display. But
there's nothing to say that a netbook-friendly theme won't be
available with Windows 7 eventually, and it's not all that
difficult to create one from scratch.
"Linux, on the other hand, has both entire distributions and
desktop environments designed for modest hardware including
lower-resolution displays. Work in this field is ongoing, such as
this post which instructs how to make Android run on an Asus Eee
netbook -- since, as it turns out, the way Android handles displays
is a pretty good match for the smaller display habitually found on
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