Looks like someone has been using a spreadsheet to calculate the market share of various operating systems in netbooks. (If it was fortran it would be worse – but we’ll save that joke…)
Microsoft claim 93% run Windows, and yet these guys reckon 32% run Linux.
So thats a 125% (added in my head) market – wowzer. Thats some kind of rounding error.
Dell reckon about 33% of their netbooks ship with Linux. so perhaps MS have picked up a (‘accidentally non representative’) sub market in their stats.
I find this really interesting because I thought the netbook world was going to make Linux mainstream, but somehow it never quite panned out. Win XP got a reprieve and somehow Linux netbooks became hard to get hold of. Almost like the whole Linux thing had been a marketing ploy to get MS to negotiate the OEM price of Windows.
We are delighted with the Linux netbooks we have here, for the kids especially. You can leave them to roam around and all the scareware prompts showing Vista security warnings and goading them to click to install malware are easily ignored.
Have you got a netbook? what OS are you running?
We have Linpus and Ubuntu.