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Another Look At Linux Netbook Return Statistics

Apr 10, 2009, 13:03 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew McKenzie)

"She then cites a Computerworld column by Steven Vaughan-Nichols that helps debunk the 96 percent claim. He writes:

"[Microsoft's Brandon] LaBlanc opened [his blog post] by claiming that almost all netbooks sold today are sold with Windows. Well, no, not really. The numbers LaBlanc cites are from NPD's sales survey. NPD focuses on brick-and-mortar U.S. sales, not overall sales. Notice how many Linux systems you see at Best Buy? NPD numbers say a lot more about retail channel sales than it does over-all sales. Besides, as Canonical's director of business development Kenyon wrote, "However here is an interesting fact--when customers are offered choice on equally well-engineered computers around a third will select Ubuntu over XP."

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