There are a lot of netbooks on the market for summer 2010, with manufacturers continuing to cash in on the netbook craze that’s been going around for the past few years. After owning a few netbooks myself, I’ve found my experiences to be mixed. The deciding factor here hasn’t been the hardware, but the software.
When laptops first started shipping, they would tend to come with lightweight, custom Linux distributions installed as standard, and Microsoft didn’t even get a look in. Typically though, Microsoft cut some deals with the manufacturers and managed to make Windows XP Home Edition the de facto standard for these machines, leaving Tux out in the cold.
Just because Linux has taken a back seat in the netbook market doesn’t mean that distributions do not continue to innovate, however. Ubuntu has a netbook version dedicated for that use, and other operating systems have been making an appearance, such as Jolicloud.