The other sides of the coin

By: Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com), September 20, 2009 10:20 pm
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Paul (no@thanks.com) on 9/20/09 wrote:
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> Have you ever seen a non techie use a netbook?
> They use it as a terminal and mostly run a web
> browser on it.

1) Have you ever seen a non-techie use a notebook? They use it as a terminal and mostly run a web browser on it.

2) As long as we're on a "have you ever seen" territory, all non-techie people I know that have bought a netbook, use that as their only laptop. If there weren't netbooks, they would probably have bought the cheapest notebook available.

My point would pretty much be that unless ARM+Linux netbooks are considerably cheaper than Wintel ones, I don't see masses buying them. They get iPhone or something similar if they want small mobile internet device. If they want a netbook, they are looking for something to replace a laptop, not complement one.

(Insert a different conversation about replacing PC with mobile phone here.)

> Microsoft have been very successfully in
> instilling in everyone's mind that a Netbook
> is just a reduced sized laptop and must run
> Windows regardless of if the user actually
> needs to run anything Windows specific.

I think the secret of Microsoft's success here is simply that it doesn't really cost that much, if any, more to put Windows in a netbook instead of Linux. And like it or not, there are good reasons for an average joe to choose Windows over Linux, even if you could get all the equivalent software to Linux.

-JLarja
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