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Linux's share of netbooks surging, not sagging, says analyst

Nov 04, 2009, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Reports that the Linux netbook is dead or dying are incorrect, at least globally, according to an analyst firm.

"Nearly one-third of the 35 million netbooks on track to ship this year will come with some variant of the free, open-source operating system, ABI Research said. The exact split is 32% Linux versus 68% Windows, said Jeff Orr, an analyst at ABI, which works out to about 11 million Linux netbooks this year.

"That number contradicts third-party market figures, trumpeted by Microsoft, that showed Linux shipping on as few as 4% of U.S. netbooks.

""Just because you live in the United States, don't assume that everything is on Windows," Orr said."

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