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Techradar Tuesday: why Windows is winning the netbook war

It’s that time of the week again:

In the beginning, there was the Asus Eee PC. And the masses looked at it, and they found that it was good. Verily, they said, this Linux thingy isn’t half bad.

And there was much rejoicing in the land of the penguin, for Linux had the market all to itself. A pox on all your houses, Microsoft, cried the penguin lovers. We have found a category in which you cannot compete! Your Vista is too bloated! Your XP is too dead!

Aha! Said Microsoft. We will resurrect Windows XP and give Vista a child, which will not be rubbish, and which will be pretty nifty on a netbook! Screw you, hippies!

3 replies on “Techradar Tuesday: why Windows is winning the netbook war”

Wasn’t one of the major obstacles for windows on the netbooks the whole million-write life of SSD being at odds with the whole paging file thing? That’s why they had to rewrite XP a bit.

rebuilding a kernel is something from the Six Million Dollar Man

I always remember Q‘s review of The Rockefeller Skank: “A record of immense stupidity and genius.” I particularly remember it when I read the jokes in your Techradar columns.

Heh.

@mupwangle: I don’t think that was a big factor – it was more that MS intended to kill XP until Intel’s Atom started getting system builders excited. XP was due for the bullet in June of last year, with system builders getting until this month, but that’s been extended to 2010.

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