"Most of these cheap new netbooks and nettop are breaking the
relationship that kept Microsoft and Intel happy for so many years:
the chips can't support new advances in operating systems (like
Windows Vista). Worse, because of the low price of the machines
Microsoft can't charge much for Windows on these machines, opening
a market for Linux. Linux on netbooks is not much of a problem for
Microsoft as long as the interface makes it clear that the netbook
is a "device" and not a multi-purpose computer with a start menu
and applications able to rival Windows. Once that consumers started
to install Windows XP on netbooks and that Linux manufacturers
started to release distributions that featured the same interface
and capabilities as a Windows computer, Microsoft had no choice but
to enter the marked with a very discounted version of Windows."
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