If the netbook manufacturers didn't even try to seriously sell netbooks with a reasonable Linux, the »failure« of Linux on netbooks doesn't prove that Linux can't fly on desktop machines, because it still might if it was done properly.
It absolutely will fly when “done properly”. Unfortunately it becomes more and more obvious that “done properly == done behind the closed doors without involvement of the community”. Which is… kinda sad.
The only remaining question is: will it be done on basis of Android or are there other possibilities? Time will show us, I guess.
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