Is Linux failing the Netbooks?
Several Linux flavors attempted to go mainstream when they were introduced pre-installed into netbooks. It was free, performs well and doesn’t take up a lot of space. It made sense and seemed like a perfect fit. Or not.
As quoted from Engadget, people who bought their netbooks with Linux pre-installed as more likely to return the unit:
MSI’s internal research has found that Linux-infused netbooks are returned four times as often as units with Windows XP.
That’s not twice as often. It’s 4 times. What does it say about Linux?
I’m not sure but I guess it all boils down to familiarity. Netbooks are for mass market and that market is more familiar with Windows XP than any other OS available.
As the Atom processor gets faster with HDD/SSD storage and RAM cheaper, there will be less and less reasons to go with a stripped-down OS.
No wonder XP continues to get a second lease in life.