Linux Is Regaining Netbook Market Share Quickly

By Caitlyn Martin
December 5, 2009 | Comments: 43

Back in May I wrote an article titled Linux To Regain 50% Netbook Market Share after such predictions were made by Stephen Lim of Linpus Technologies and ABI Research. Mr. Lim saw Linux pulling even with Windows on netbooks by next year while ABI Research saw it happening by 2013. Both saw netbooks powered by ARM processors as the main reason that Linux would rebound.

Most of the comments I received ranged from skeptical to incredulous. Even those who support and advocate for Linux on the desktop largely believed that Microsoft would retain market dominance. Here we are six months later and the promised ARM powered netbooks have not arrived in any quantity as of yet. The Intel Atom processor is currently used in 90% of netbooks according to ABI Research while ARM processors only account for 4% of the market at present.

Despite this ABI Research published some new data last month and the results may surprise you. They place the 2009 market share for Linux on netbooks at 32% with 11 million units preloaded with Linux shipping this year. In an interview with DesktopLinux.com, Jeffrey Orr of ABI makes clear that dual boot machines (i.e.: the Acer Aspire One AOD250-1613) and machines that are purchased with Windows but later have Linux loaded do not count in the 32% number. That number is pure Linux sales. This data confirms comments made first by Jay Pinkert and later by Todd Finch of Dell that one third of their netbooks sales are Linux machines and that there is no higher return rate for Linux systems than there is for ones sold with Windows preloaded.

At present ABI Research is still holding to their prediction that Linux will pull even with Windows on netbooks in 2013. However, ARM powered netbooks and smartbooks should begin appearing on the market in quantity in early 2010 according to Orr:

...next year there will be a lot of netbooks shipping on ARM Cortex-A8-based processors, and by that we're including the nVidia Tegra and Qualcomm Snapdragon, which are essentially Cortex-A8 architectures. You've got Texas Instruments and Freescale already out there, and you also have Ericsson, Marvell, and Broadcom getting involved. I believe we're going to see them all on netbooks. They're not all going to have same level of success, but they will be there, with faster boot times and better battery life than the Atom, and unless Microsoft does something about it, they will almost all be running Linux."
Considering the surprising growth during the past year 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, so to speak, I have to wonder if Stephen Lim had it right all along. His prediction certainly now seems to be within the range of what is possible. One thing is certain: those proclaiming Linux dead on netbooks and in the larger desktop market (desktops, laptops and netbooks combined) have missed the mark by a wide margin.


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43 Comments

People saying Linux has failed on the desktop/laptop/netbook have gotten it all wrong.

If an unbiased third party (ABI) can put out a study that 32% of netbooks sold had Linux preloaded (not as dual boot, or loaded after the fact) this year, and if several mainstream vendors (including Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and others) have increased their Linux preloaded offerings, then you have to say that Linux is progressing quite nicely on the desktop.

Also, if return rates on Linux preloads is the same as with Windows preloads, that it proof positive that "Joe User" can handle Linux just fine, thank you very much.

Linux still needs work as an overall consistent platform (make it easier on ISVs and IHVs), but it has come a long, long way. It's good enough, and easy enough, for a very large chunk of users.

And I'm thankful that I have Linux (mostly Ubuntu) as an alternative to Windows. Windows is too bloated and slow, too much of a hassle with security (yes I can secure it, but it takes some concerted effort), and too many required reboots for updates and installation of new software. And frankly, Macs are too expensive for what you get, and waaaay too locked in (walled gardent) for my tastes.

Don't write off the Penguin.

Ubuntu 9.10 was installed on my Dell Mini 1210 Netbook - ver. 9.10 is far too bloated to be loaded into a Netbook - XP Home and Win 7 work well and only 1GB RAM is installed in the Netbook

You must be an M$ schill,... Karmic too bloated?!?!? Vs. XPee or Win7?!?!? On a NETBOOK!?!?!? You are either paid to say that or legally insane...

@Geoff: I have Ubuntu 9.10 running in as little as 512MB RAM and it runs just fine. What did you find "too bloated"? What kind of problems did you run into? Please be specific. I find your report very hard to believe and I am clearly not alone in that.

Windows XP does not run well on netbooks and Windows 7 is even worse. IME Linux performance is superior all around while netbooks with Windows tend to be very sluggish.

And, this is in spite of the fact that you have to go out of your way to find a Linux netbook online and order it. I don't know about the large cities, but I have not seen any Linux netbooks for sale in stores like Best Buy, etc.

I'm really looking forward to the ARM netbooks with their long battery life.

@Octathlon: I'm in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina (USA) area and Linux is nowhere to be found in stores in any form. I remember reading Ladislav Bodnar's review of his HP Mini 110 and his report on just how difficult it was to find a Linux machine in Taipei. He did find and purchase one. I'm not sure I could do the same here. Jeffrey Orr of ABI Research does point out that Linux is doing best in Asia and not so well in the United States in the interview I linked.

The bottom line is that you are absolutely right: people are going out of their way to find Linux netbooks. Perhaps more importantly, are buying machines that could conceivably run Windows and are consciously choosing Linux over Windows. Considering those facts that 32% number is awfully impressive.

FWIW, recent guesstimates of the current overall desktop market (desktops, laptops, nettops and notebooks), both consumer and corporate, put Windows at right around 80% with both Mac and Linux at 10%. Yes, Microsoft is still dominant and is likely to be for some time to come. Linux and Apple, OTOH, are definitely chipping away at the desktop market, a trend I expect to see continuing at both the low and the high ends.

I've only ran into one ARM-based netbook, and it had WinCE (which was horrible).

The weird thing I find is that Linux loaded machines are generally not cheaper when matched spec-for-spec, than Windows loaded ones. Trying the Dell site (at least from the UK), the lower priced SSD mini does not have a Windows-loaded equivalent, and if brought to the same spec as the windows offerings would offer no price difference unless I am missing something. eBuyer shows the same strange phenomenon. So I suspect while in Asia Linux pre-loading may be common, in the UK I reckon it is more cost-effective to buy a Windows netbook, (and dual boot with or ditch the installed OS) than to buy a factory-installed Linux machine. If some statistic could ever be derived that could identify how many post-purchase OS exchanges have happened....now THAT would be telling.

could be thanks to bulk rebates from microsoft.

also, when dell launched its first netbook, the microsoft variants came with a mail in rebate that brought the highest spec windows on par with the lowest spec linux in price...

basically, both intel and microsoft is playing favorites with the big brands...

The No. 1 concern for Linux newbies is probably device drivers, but it can be avoided easily... just go to Ebay.com! Easy! Cheaper than retail prices!
Go to Ebay.com, under Categories, click on "Computers & Networking", then "PC Laptops & Netbooks" or "PC Desktops" or "Motherboard & CPU Bundles", etc...
Under the Find field, check the box "Include title and description", then search for "linux"

or just search for "linux netbook" or "linux motherboard/mainboard" or "linux wireless adapter" or "linux webcam"
check more references at
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1301192

I live in China. There are lots of netbooks selling here that say "made for Linux" on them. People like them because they are cheaper, however they often end up putting pirated Windows on them instead.
Linux is gaining here but in more organic ways. The other day shopping I saw an Ubuntu installed machine on full display. The sales person knew nothing about Linux or Ubuntu. I plugged in my 3G dongle and the pc had internet. He was amazed. Why did they have a Linux pc? He had no idea.

I wanted a pretty little GNU/Linux box, but I ran to a local Fry's and bought an Acer Aspire One with Windows XP, then overwrote it with Debian Linux. My purchase counts as one of the Windows install, yet I am running GNU/Linux.

Since the Acer Aspire One was not sold with the version of GNU/Linux that I wanted to run, I was going to wipe the hard drive and install from scratch regardless of whether the machine came with Windows XP or Ubuntu GNU/Linux (or whatever version it was sold with.)

I propose that netbook installs of Windows are overcounted and GNU/Linux installs are undercounted because the conversion statistics are all "one-way." Users converting *from* Windows are not counted at all, but users converting *to* Windows are counted as a return, and as a new purchase of Windows.

Linux on small machines as a desktop solution for home users will not work because the big retailers are not interested in selling it. There is a simple reason for this - they make more money by selling Windows 'Netbooks' and high powered expensive laptops than low priced Linux machines. Every Customer that they can convince that the Linux machine is good but won't do everything they might need to do, means more money in their tills. In addition, a Windows machine needs Office & Anti-Virus. Two nice items that increase the profit made on the sale. So the maths is telling us Linux will not make it. Sad fact.

Toni uk what world are you living in It's not that retail outlets make money out of selling systems with windows on, They get the systems from the manufactures with windows already installed, so they are not making a penny extra for selling windows system,

Plus the fact that a system with Linux installed is not much cheaper than one with windows installed, It could be that the retail outlets are getting excellent concessions from MS on the MS software they sell, admitted once an retail outlet sells a Linux system that's the end of it, the customer does not return because of operating problems and viruses

It probably is true that retailers do not like selling Linux notebooks because they miss out on software sales. The other reason is because the miss out on the profits they make when windows users visit their service departments.

@toni-uk: What you say about retailers is exactly correct. Your conclusion is completely wrong. The fact that Linux has successfully recaptured 32% of the market despite the factors you mention is absolute proof that Linux has made it and will continue to make it. The maths are what say so.

@LS: I think the number of people erasing Linux for pirated Windows is overstated. I also think it is offset by the situation the next comment describes, where people by Windows because it's what retailers carry and then erase it and load Linux. The 32% number is probably darned close to reality.

Hi

Just about every week now here in the North of England I find people using Ubuntu and other versions of GNU/Linux on netbooks and laptops in Wi-Fi hotspots. I remember a time five years ago when you wouldn't see anything but winduhs and then once a month you might see a Mac laptop. It's looking like market penetration of the GNU/Linux desktop is increasing and not decreasing. Only the University trained economists do not agree with this. Those of us like myself who helped to start the GNU/Linux project a long time ago are aware that the GNU/Linux desktop has become more popular than it was. Something that I started as an academic joke has gone beyond all expectations.

Windows, as we all know, slows down over time. The problem is exacerbated on low power machines like netbooks. Windows does not run well on netbooks, it was designed for desktops. A properly tuned Linux distro runs very well on low powered machines. This is why MS wants to kill the netbook and move users to a 12" smartbook.

All this harping on about Linux having 5,10,20,30 32% of the market, who really gives a toss. It's just guess work at the end of the day,
Until Linux distribution websites install download counters on their websites then total all the linux downloads together at the end of each month and get a final monthly linux download then we will actually know the figures,

There is only one Linux distribution that has a download counter on it's website that I know of and that is Sabyon who's count as of today stands at Downloads: 2270,3320 which is quiet impressive for an unknown Linux distribution, then we have the Linux distribution every one has heard of Ubuntu

So stop the guessing game and lets say Linux has 50% of the market, Russia as moved over to Linux, Turkey have move over to Pardus Linux, which is developed by the their university Italy has moved to Linux,

Because you can't buy a computer with Linux installed on it in the states doesn't mean Linux is not used here, 29 state education departments have moved over to Linux then most of the Linux Mirror website in the states are distributed from Universities web servers do you people never read the Linux News

Please also bear in mind that you are legally entitled (in Europe at least) to claim a refund of the Microsoft Tax on your pre-loaded computer. Read the EULA you have to agree with before first login on. Amazon are doing a pretty good job of refunding...

http://www.theopensourcerer.com/2009/07/21/getting-your-microsoft-tax-refunded-1010-for-amazon-uk/

If you *don't* ask for a refund you are helping to skew the statistics. The more users who ask their retailer to refund the cost of the MS license because you don't want it, the more likelihood there is they will start stocking pre loaded machines with Linux.

Also, take a look at our community site, http://nakedcomputers.org/ which lists retailers all over the world from whom you can buy computers without any OS and hence avoid paying the Microsoft Tax.

Al

Perhaps in European Union but here in Croatia, saler would kick your ass for asking something like that. No way would you get the money for MS machine back.

Unfortunately some of people pointed out that it's really hard to find a Linux netbook. The same goes from where I'm from. Don't believe such studies there is no way that Linux is on 32% of netbooks. Also the stores where I saw Linux on netbooks or notebooks after a sale they usually didn't got the new versions with Linux, but with Windows XP and I've been following that and I can say that there was no marketing purpose for that unless Microsoft blackmailed them or paid them a fee.
I believe that people are more and more open to Linux, however don't underestimate Microsoft's ability to do harm.

This 32% number isn't backed up by any other study. No other evidence supports it, for example internet usage data. The author is really claiming that these machine are not used online. This is a poorly researched article that is nothing more than wishful thinking.

@clair,

Well, Dell stated earlier this year that about a third of all their netbook sales are with Linux... So the numbers do seem to correlate.

It is easy to deny, but can you show evidence that refutes ABI's findings? Perhaps evidence that isn't from Microsoft...

Originally by clair
"This 32% number isn't backed up by any other study. No other evidence supports it, for example internet usage data."

Do you even understand what you're stating? Who on Earth is measuring internet usage data of netbooks? Nobody. It's impossible because browsers don't report whether they're running on netbooks or not.
Also, "internet usage data" is a pretty vague statement too. The amount of netbooks is still too small compared to overall numbers of laptops and pcs to make an obvious difference for the Linux desktop market share.

You want a good idea of who buying all those Linux preloaded netbook since we can't really find them anywhere in North America? Just go to twitter and use the search tag "linux" and or "Ubuntu"! Small planet hey!

Figures are about OSes preinstalled on a netbook , on a world basis.

I would be curious to know whether linux distributions got some money (this was lookes as the infamous Micro$oft tax whith preinstalled Windows....)

I noticed, in the MSI wind forum, that there was a huge demand to replace linux by XP (on their XP forum, I posted the way to install a Fedora -they were supported by unetbootin, then-, a Wolvix beta ... I had tried all of them to replace the original linux....
And it is somewhat difficult in Europe -not in Asia- to have cheap (illegal?) XPs....

OTOH, XP netbooks have better hardware (it is sometimes wise to wait till it is better; this is not a M$ conspiracy, just common sense!!)

I really do not understand why there is a schoolyard petty war between Micro$oft and linux :perhaps it was justified a century ago, but now, Intel (one of St Linus bosses) get higher fines from the European Communauty than Micro$oft.....

BTW, that makes the appearance of ARMs (popular in Europe in hobby electronics, cell phones, film showers -I do not think an OS is necessary : a huge loop might be often enough,as there are very little tasks- , game consoles -nintendo DS at least - and for teaching and industrial control -denx.de, armadeus.org, pragmatec -the matter ships nice cards at 30E$- ) on netbooks (which are more complicated than everything I listed)_, a very good news, not only for "ethical" reasons
I see (but I might get wrong) two classical distributions (Debian, who contributes much to OpenMoko and MAemo, and Gentoo) to support this architecture.
I therefore thank Caitlyn Martin for this happy new (but I do not know its consequences : 7 years ago, GNUlinux desktops were better -and they remain- than W98's -and XP-, but this did not change anything-)

@Anonymous: Actually, this is market share of retail sales (both online and in stores) compiled by a research firm that specializes in such data plus a number from an actual, real live vendor that is #4 in the world in netbook sales. It's not "harping" and it's not "guesswork". Downloaded copies of Linux do NOT count in these numbers, period, and do not count towards market share. You are mixing apples and oranges.

Both Fedora and Ubuntu do log downloads and regularly report their numbers.

@sheldon cooper & @Rambling Johnny: Linux netbooks are incredibly easy to find online, just not in retail stores. I realize my links may not work well for Croatia but please look at my previous article: http://broadcast.oreilly.com/2009/10/linux-netbooks-theyre-still-ou.html There is no problem ordering online from Europe that I am aware of. There certainly is no problem in North America.

@clair: Others have already said what I would say to you. You are dismissing both well researched numbers by a professional research firm and hard data from a large vendor. Is that wishful thinking? I don't think so. Come back with some contrary data and you'll have much more credibility.

"There is no problem ordering online from Europe that I am aware of. "
You might be aware that there is a little chicken and egg problem with ordering online in Europe :
cybercafés are under XP (with linux, they know they would loose 95-99% of their clients) and prohibit buying ionline (that is wise, even on linux: I follow this wise advice).
The risk of an IT crookery to buy half the hardware an XP "net"book offers (and the difference of prices is 8 Parisian coffee cups, felt as negligeable) is too great.

It's been noted that it's difficult to compare [pardon the expression] apples-to-apples in the netbook market. You can't get EXACTLY the same hardware, one with Windows (whatever) and one with (whatever) Linux. It's quite a shame because then the true cost of the OS might show up.
I suspect that Microsoft & others are willing to pretty well GIVE AWAY Windows in some circumstances. Those being that a lot of ©®@¶ware is pre-installed. I find it reprehensible that a "demo" version of Office 2007 comes installed on so many PCs. The end-user doesn't realize it's ONLY a 60-day demo, so after 2 months they can't use the documents they created. That user MUST purchase Office 2007 or be savvy enough to know alternatives. Microsoft makes bundles off of THAT scam. Insidious!
Now with IE using BING as its default search engine Microsoft can control what people can find or how its presented. We've already seen reports that bad MS press is being filtered out.

The best description I've seen of running Windows on a netbook is in a new article by Marcel Gagné. He bought an Acer Aspire One with Windows XP preloaded for his five year old son:

"I have to start it up, log him in, fire up the appropriate application, and so on. It took me a handful of times to discover how impossibly dreadful XP is on a netbook. It was unbearably slow, obtrusive, and definitely not designed for the device in question. The slowness was the part that practically drove me to drinking (more than usual, I mean). Do I need to point out that five year-olds don't have a lot of patience? Waiting 5 minutes while the system comes out of hibernation, lets you log in, reconnects to the network, and brings up a word processor is asking that five year-old to go find something else to do. I won't even go into the annnoying non-stop display of popups that plague Windows users worldwide. No, I refuse to mention it."

He goes on to say that Windows does not belong on any netbook and that Linux does. The full article is at: http://ubuntu-user.com/Online/Blogs/Marcel-Gagne-Orbiting-Planet-buntu/Netbook-Makeovers-Cloud-Censorship-and-a-Lucky-Backup

It's well worth reading.

Gagne never says exactly which exact Acer model that he is using, so I don't think that his conclusion (opinion?) 'Windows does not belong on any netbook' is well supported. Windows runs excruciatingly slowly on my Asus 900 netbook, but I attribute the slowness to the slowness of writing to the SSD in my netbook. It may very well be that XP is acceptable on a netbook with a true rotating hard disk, certainly enough of them are sold that way.

BTW, I could draw exactly the opposite conclusion about Linux and netbooks based on my experience on another Asus netbook that I own. It also has an SSD (4G), and the original SW load used up almost all of the disk space. It was even worse than the Windows-based SSD (which had a slower processor but a much larger SSD).

The devil is in the details, which seem to be missing in the Gagne article.

@Phil: I've seen an awful lot of Windows netbooks. All run slower than molasses flowing uphill in the wintertime regardless of the type of hard drive. IMNSHO there is no such thing as a netbook that runs Windows well and Gagné is right on target. Perhaps one with an Intel Atom N280 processor and 2GB of RAM would be marginally acceptable. In any case Linux will just plain outperform Windows.

FWIW, many of the newer SSDs are actually faster than some of the conventional hard drives.

I guess quite many people do require national language keyboard for their netbook. Here in Finland the choise of Linux netbooks with Finnish keyboard is extremely limited. It would be too hard to write the Finnish and Swedish letters Å, Ä and Ö with an English keyboard. Therefore searching for a netbook from online stores outside Finland or Sweden wouldn't be worth of efford for a Finnish or Swedish speaker.

I guess that depends on the distro installed. If it is a standard one like Ubuntu, it's very easy to add language and keyboard support for about any language. I easily added Chinese language support and input on my netbook's Easy Peasy (Ubuntu-based) install. But with the custom Xandros-based OS that it came with, it was difficult to install any additional software.

That brings up an important point, that netbook manufacturers should stop trying to invent their own weird custom distros which they don't (or can't) support properly. It makes Linux look bad and forces people to install another distro or Windows. They should stick with a standard mainstream distro and possibly provide supporting drivers if necessary via a PPA like System76 does.

You can change the keymap but you won't SEE the characters on the keyboard. This might not be a problem for touch typists but for many people it's gonna be a PITA.

You can, with unetbootin, make a false dual boot on a USB stick (you it copies/slightly transforms a live CD|DVD). I tried many of them, and non onglish key;qps were supported by
Sabayon -5.0 : add keymap=xxx at the grubs prompt,

Scientific Linux : the keymap is asked for;
Wolvix beta -do not remember, but it was easy-,
Fedora 11 -not 12, I fear...
Mandriva 2010.0 (not 2009.1, as its Intel driver might be felt as very slow) can be installed with Mandriva seeds, and recognises tons of longuages, but mandrivaseed eats too much of the USB stick and I cannot find cheap ones-unetbootin "gives" you back the unused space : Itested it , too, but could not find the remaining space in my huge stick... ).


Then, you work like it were a life CD, but it is faster....
Boot times are , in this condition (HW is detected every time one boots) , equivalent to XP boot times.

FYI I use it (Scientific 5.3 then 5.4 : I do not need sound, as I am rather deaf....) on a XP netbook : the hardware is better -larger screen, bigger internal disk, twice more maximum adressable RAM -.

@Monsieur Onan (alias Connard le Barbant).
I suppose eeePCs are selled in Finland with finnish keyboards -it might even be mandatory- printed in them :
in France, I looked at the ads : they had an omericon keyboard, but, when I bought some of them for my little family, the right keyboard was there (no need to type with closed eye(s)).....
and Finland is richer and buys more computers than France -longer nights in winter, longer winter, or???-. Therefore, sellers take more care of their consumers.
The greatest weakness is with linuxen -perhaps linux distributors should learn some geography- :
half of them only know qwerty keymaps (and it is rather difficult, anyway tedious, to fix it!).
Scientific Linux (both 5.3 and 5.4 ) gives two options for choosing the keymap for its life DVD at boot (there is a menu at boot, Finnish and Finnish latin1 exist -I am incompetent to go further- and a menu with its big gnome),
it seems to be long term supported (future will tell it) and I tried it on a MSI wind (both versions - I keep on using-) and an eeeeeeeeeeeePC(5.3 only).

My observation is there is an opportunity for technology reclaimers to salvage very usable laptop technology that is pitch away once new processors/models emerge. Linux, all distributions, should place themselves in a favorable position to demonstrate this recycle of a disposed device can provide a strong computer to a less fortunate soul. Coupled with a Windows XP VMbox, that would allow the best of both worlds--provide a first class native OS, and to provide a method that allows windows users to have some access to only window apps or points of entry. This group of users is a new seed that will rely on the hand me down class of machine knowing that at a fractional cost they can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Now, to pull this off it takes someone with organizational skills to get in line with pc reclaimers and to get them installed with the right distribution and to ensure winxp licences are properly harvested. From there, advertising, production and distribution channels are required to get this movement able to serve new customers. On the tail end, support policies and activities are critical to prevent the poor user experience that other manufacturers offer now--and pay in the form of customer losses. Anyone got large resources to invest in this type of operation???????

sorry but weedy 128 mb netbooks like inkia,cnmlifestyle,etc eg alpha 400 running ce or debian are toys that canot handle online movies, have nando protected flash drive for reset booting and static web pages you ONLY read. Real netbooks use media 10,flash 10 XP and recognise all hardware and install even tv, printer,scanner and are without walls like asus 701 upwards. They can be made to add applications, play online video and thus add value unlike the endlet versions of linux with their SET applications and limitations that you are supposed to be grateful for like the new TEXET linux netbook!

@Ice: Thank you for the Microsoft commercial. Were you paid for it? Lots fo real netbooks don't run XP, an eight year old version of Windows that is limited and slow. Nope, lots of real netbooks, indeed about a third of the market now, run Linux. Sorry to burst your bubble but "media 10" (I assume you mean Windows Media Player 10?) was supplanted by version 11. In ancy case, there are much better media players than that.

Since when does Linux equate to low end hardware? That's a nice myth you're spreading. Pity it has nothing to do with reality. My HP, which came preloaded with Linux, has an Intel Atom processor, 2GB RAM, and i *CHOSE* a 16GB flash drive. I could have had a conventional hard drive with hundreds of gigs of capacity but this serves my needs better. I can add any software I want for all the things you claim you do with your "real" netbook.

I'm glad you've decided that watching movies is a must for all netbook owners. Funny, I own much higher end (and more expensive) hardware and I don't watch movies on it. Most business users certainly don't.

I'm also glad you've decided what other people can afford. Tell me, are you going to subsidize their purchase of "real" netbooks and outdated copies of Windows?

Tell me: why do you feel so threatened by Linux? Why did you feel compelled to post anti-Linux FUD on an article that's a year old? Do you have any actual facts to dispute the market share numbers I posted? I have links. What do you have, aside from an inability to punctuate or capitalize properly?

hi there wow you too have a ssd hp netbook also with the same 16 gb ssd but i have windowx xp came standard and bought it at bext buy best buy has samsung netbook brand new just shiwed up on best buy website today i think it comes standard with a 32 gb ssd my hp netbook ssd still have 8 gb free space i am useing a 32 gb ssd ipad right now and have a 64 gb ssd ipod touch i hope one day ssd come standatd

hi there lee your wrong my hp has a intel 1.6 ghz atom cpu 128 mb of video ram and 16 gb ssd flash drive i watch 3d movies on you tube without glasses and yes i will be buying external usb dvd thing too play pc halo on the go hey there 1.8 million 3d videos on you tube already 3d content has arived and guss what nintendo 3ds will play 3d movies comming out 3d how too train your dragon and 2 other 3d movies i forget the titeles soo that means a $179.99 3ds is absolutly more powerfull then netbooks at 1.6 billion pixels per second pica 200 gpu clocked at 400 mhz by nintendo 3ds blog website www.nintendo3ds.com and www.ninteno3ds.org

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