"When my Sylvania netbook died last month and the
manufacturer took their sweet time responding to me I was offered a
refund by the dealer. Suddenly I was surveying the market again for
a good buy on a netbook preloaded with Linux. I found a wide
variety of systems with Linux available from mainstream outlets and
factory direct, at least here in the United States where I live.
While I don't have updated market share figures it's clear, despite
claims by Microsoft and their supporters, that Linux remains
entrenched in the netbook market and is spreading out from there.
"For example, Dell has expanded their offerings, with desktop
and laptop offerings in addition to their Inspiron Mini 10v. The
smaller (8.9" screen) Dell Vostro A90 (formerly the Inspiron Mini
9v) remains available starting at $219 factory direct.
"I, personally, have had excellent experiences with
Hewlett-Packard products. I've supported everything from their high
end servers running HP-UX down to desktops and laptops in the
course of my work over the years."