"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."