Posted by Rick
on Mar 19, 2009 in Tech News
| 4 comments
photo credit: geognerd
Netbooks are the class of laptops that have screens measuring from 7″ to 10″, have no CD or DVD-ROM and use a specially designed low power processor. Initially, these small and inexpensive laptops were released with different versions of Linux on them and they ran fast and ran well. Microsoft saw a huge potential loss in their market share and quickly used their muscle to interject themselves and Windows XP into this genre of computers.
In my opinion, Windows has no place in a netbook for the following reasons:
- It adds cost to the machine. Although reports indicate that Microsoft has been losing money just to get their system installed on these machines instead of Linux.
- It adds complexity to the machines by requiring users to keep up with endless security updates and configuration from Microsoft and other vendors. Linux, on the other hand, requires almost no maintenance once the initial setup is finished.
- Windows requires as much RAM and processing power as you can throw at it…even XP now with Service Pack 3 plus all the security software that has to sit on top of it.
- Linux offers a fast, safe, and customizable environment for netbook users.
Here’s the article that teed me off.
Linux losing ground on netbooks | Tech News on ZDNet.
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