"... a lot of consumer that had purchased netbooks were
returning them when they realized that these small machines were
not able to perform all the tasks of a full size computer, like
playing games or editing video."
"That's certainly true if you're running Windows XP, Windows
Vista, or Windows 7, all of which are significantly more resource
hungry that any of the Linux distributions typically offered on
netbooks. When you add anti-virus and anti-spyware software plus a
personal firewall, the minimum requirements for a safe and secure
Windows system, the poor netbook is so bogged down that performance
is poor. The fact is that many tasks that are painful or even
impossible on a Windows netbook are very doable on the same
hardware running a well optimized Linux build.
"Tracy Anne Barlow of LXer.com and Australia's Feral Penguin
Computers recently related her own experience:
""At the computer show we were at on Sunday [...] there was
another exhibitor there with a Win XP based netbook. In comparison
to my Ubuntu powered netbook it was slow [like] wading through
molasses to use. I commented on this, and the bloke said, well it's
only supposed to be used for Web surfing and such, but I can't
imagine that experience would be any too exciting."