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Will Linux overtake Windows on netbooks?

Apr 14, 2009, 14:34 (5 Talkback[s])

"Reasons cited by ABI include the arrival of low-end ARM-based netbooks, as well as mobile stacks such as the Linux-based Android that are suited for these platforms.

"ABI's prognostication adds a new twist to the debate about the reliability of Microsoft's claim of 96 percent domination of the netbook market. Canonical, for one, believes the claim is exaggerated. Still, according to recent surveys from NPD and Ovum, there has been a marked shift away from Linux to Windows XP netbooks in recent months.

"According to ABI, Windows XP ran on 75 percent of netbooks sold last year. Although it did not list percentages for other OSes, considering that Apple has yet to jump into the netbook game, and since very few devices that might be called netbooks offer Windows Vista, it is likely that about 20 to 25 percent of netbooks were sold with Linux.

"ABI did not mention whether Windows XP has surged in early 2009, but it sees Linux and other platforms eventually combining to outnumber XP. With cost-cutting pressures expected to continue into the post-recessionary phase, Linux will benefit from the entry into the market of lower-cost netbooks that run ARM-based processors, suggests ABI."

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