"On the surface, the OS distinction doesn’t look all that
important. After all, the very definition of "netbook" precludes
the OS as being the most important factor. The point is to do most
tasks in the browser while connected wirelessly to the
Internet—not through locally installed applications on the
"Some are even viewing this as a threat to Microsoft, but"
that’s probably overblown. To be sure, no one is predicting
that the venerable Redmond-based company will disappear tomorrow
due to some wholesale rejection of Windows. But the widespread
availability of netbooks with different operating systems signals
that the OS is gradually becoming less important—particularly
since Windows PC stalwarts HP, Dell, and Lenovo have jumped in the
fray with Linux as well as XP-based options."