March 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm
The latest data from researchers NPD Group has revealed that during the months between November to January, Windows shipped on 90% of all netbooks sold in the US with the remainder belonging to Linux. This shows that Linux has become a less popular choice with manufacturers which did hold a much higher share of 30% last year.
When netbooks were first conceived, Linux was initially regarded as the obvious choice given the low processing overhead and the fact that it was free. However, now that technology is moving ever-faster and consumers demand more, the use of Windows XP is becoming ubiquitous. At the start of February 2009, Brad Brooks, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Windows Consumer Product Marketing, indicated that the company had spectacular Windows growth on small-notebook PCs. It is unlikely that this trend will reverse and a different way of looking at it is that a 10% Linux share is not a bad position to be in for an open platform.