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View Poll Results: Preinstalled netbook OS: Windows, Easy Linux, Normal Linux
Windows XP preinstalled 5 62.50%
Simplified netbook Linux preinstalled 0 0%
Netbook optimized Linux preinstalled 0 0%
Both Windows XP and simplified Linux preinstalled 0 0%
Both Windows XP + netbook optimized Linux presinstalled 0 0%
Windows XP and two different Linux distros preinstalled 1 12.50%
No OS installed - I'll install one myself 2 25.00%
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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Since most of the netbooks sold now use large (120GB+) hard disks, I don't understand why none of the manufacturers have tried to make a marketing point by having two (or three) operating systems pre-installed, WinXP and one (or more) Linux distribution(s). With 10GB or so set aside for a Linux distro, you get the best of both worlds - WinXP for the larger application base and Linux for speed and open source freedom.

If manufacturers are afraid of Linux support costs, call the Linux distro a valuable free "bonus" user-supported "advanced user" OS. The term "advanced" might even stoke the curiosity of Linux newbies to want to try it out and discover how much faster and efficient Linux can be.

Make having two OS's not just a selling point but a bragging point for users.

My suggested Linux distro starting point for netbooks, something like CrunchEee or gOS Gadgets.

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:52 PM
 
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I'd wipe it and reload what I wanted no matter what it came with, should save some $$ if your not purchasing a Windows license with it.
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