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The Netbook OS Question: Windows XP vs. Linux

Nov 03, 2008, 19:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jamie Lendino)

"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 machine itself.

"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."

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