"The first wave of netbooks using the ARM processor is expected
to hit the market in the second half of the year, all running a
version of Linux -- either the Google Inc.-backed Android,
Canonical's Ubuntu distro, or even the Intel Corp.-created Moblin
netbook operating system.
"The new wave of ARM netbooks are expected to be cheaper than
the $300 to $400 of the cheaper Intel Atom-based netbooks today at
about $200, and they are expected to boast longer battery life, as
well as instant-on and other smartphone-style features.
"Windows: A familiar desktop friend?
"Microsoft says that Windows dominates -- and will continue to
dominate -- netbooks because customers are looking for a familiar,
PC-like experience, as well as compatibility with their peripherals
and software such as Microsoft Office."