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Old 08. Dec 2009, 01:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 32% Netbook market share:

Dec. 7, 2009

ABI Research just published some new data and the numbers reveal that the overall market share for Linux on netbooks is currently at about 32.1 percent, with a little over 11 million units preloaded with Linux shipping in 2009.

http://www.linuxnewstoday.org/linux-...nux-news.shtml
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Old 08. Dec 2009, 02:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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32% Netbook market share:
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However I can't imagine that Microsoft will just sit around and not do something about this.
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Considering the surprising growth in 2008 and the fact that ARM-powered netbooks and smartbooks, which cannot and will not run any Windows version other than Windows CE, are just around the corner, I have to wonder if Stephen Lim had it right all along.
You can also bet this a hot topic at the Microsoft board meetings. I can imagine Microsoft is getting busy on a windows version compatible with the hardware, however linux has a leg up with doing more with less and this appears to be Microsoft's Achilles heel.

I also wonder about the long term viability of netbooks or Balckberry's in general. Why own a blackberry, smartphone..etc and a netbook. Owning a blackberry myself I would rather just have a regular cell phone so I can check my e-mails and then ready access to a netbook with more capabilities and a keyboard that I can actually use. I am curious on how this will shake its self out in the future.

Bottom line this maybe another niche best filled by linux

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After ABI Research projected that Linux represents a 32 percent share of netbooks in 2009 and will overtake Windows in 2013, we spoke with ABI analyst Jeffrey Orr. Orr notes the rise of international consumers and ARM-based netbooks, and discusses Ubuntu, Moblin, Android, and Chrome OS.
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I'm also thinking that the use of Linux on netbooks will bring users into contact with an OS they might not otherwise have seen. In the long term I can only see this encouraging them to use Linux on their home PC too
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In the beginning of this year, I bought an HP Mini with XP pre-installed. I actually asked for one without the Windoze so that I could get it cheaper by about US$100. The retailer said they did not sell one without Windoze, which was really dozing me off! Can't the buyers have freedom of choice?

Now I'm thinking of installing a free Ubuntu Remix into it and surrender Windoze. Can I ask for a refund from M$ by surrendering the license to them. I remember it seems to have such a case in US?
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Can I ask for a refund from M$ by surrendering the license to them. I remember it seems to have such a case in US?
Sure you can and such a case did happen, someone got his Windows license refunded and donated the money to Linux Mint. Though I wouldn't recommend anyone to do that since it's a bit risky and troublesome.

See here: http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=1073
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I wouldn't go through the process to ask for a refund. It's just that we should be allowed by the manufacturers to buy their products with or without the OS pre-installed.
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I'm also thinking that the use of Linux on netbooks will bring users into contact with an OS they might not otherwise have seen. In the long term I can only see this encouraging them to use Linux on their home PC too
This is exactly what I was thinking/hoping. Personally I have yet to get round to trying Linux but I just don't like the microsoft monopoly that includes the 60 days of ms office. In fact that makes my blood boil when I see pensioners fork out to buy ms office after the 60 days because they don't know they don't need it. Go Linux!!
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Sure you can and such a case did happen, someone got his Windows license refunded and donated the money to Linux Mint. Though I wouldn't recommend anyone to do that since it's a bit risky and troublesome.

See here: http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=1073
Thanks for the link. This guy has good and gentle perseverance.

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So eventually I got my refund. It took me 12 email exchanges in total, and Dell probably didn’t get a refund from Microsoft for the license. But I suspect that every time someone secures a license refund, it has a more than proportionate effect on the PC manufacturers’ next round of negotiations with Microsoft, gently loosening their tight monopoly grip on the operating system market.
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I think Netbooks are a good medium as well as flash/thumb/pen drives to get linux in the hands of potential users.
Freedom of choice , is all we ask, and a little exposure.
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