There appear to be some opposing trends involving Linux on Netbooks.
PC World's article
Netbooks Will Boost Adoption of Linux, Says Novell CTO
"A surge in demand for netbooks is helping drive business for Linux, as the devices are designed to be low-cost with smaller storage, according to Novell's chief technology and strategy officer for Linux.
" People typically don't care what operating system is on the netbooks, because they don't buy them to run a suite of applications like Microsoft Office, but to be on the Web using a Web browser," Nat Friedman said in an interview with IDG News Service.
Laptop Mag's article
Ubuntu Confirms Linux Netbook Returns Higher than Anticipated quotes Canonical's marketing manager
"We dont know what the XP return rates are. But I will say that the return rate is above normal for netbooks that offer open-source operating systems, Carr echoed. Carr highlighted a few reasons why Ubuntu-running netbooks are returned more often. Unclear selling is happening, typically online. The customer will get their netbook sent to their home and they imagine to find something like a Microsoft desktop, but they see a brown Ubuntu version. They are unwilling to learn it and they were expecting to have Windows."
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