i dunno that it's so much with sticking with something that's known over something that has applications worth using. linux's emulation of windows appz is 50/50 at best, still, after all this time and there's very little developed that's on both operating systems. but i guess i'm assuming your average user even understands that some applications need to be installed after purchase and don't already come with the hardware.Early adopters of netbooks may have been more comfortable with working in a Linux environment, but the mainstream consumer still wants to stick with what’s already known.
Mr. Marcus Yam why you becoming part of Microsoft propaganda? As you can see this data is for Notebooks (not a netbooks) sold in retail stores only. I never seen user that know the difference between OSes to buy from overpriced retail store. And I can bet you that most netbooks are soled online. Stating that MS is holding 98% of the entire market is very unprofessional. I understand why Mr.Brandon LeBlanc is insinuating this. He is MS employee and has vested interest, but what is your interest?The latest data from NPD’s retail tracking service showed that Windows now account for a whopping 98 percent of all small notebook PCs sales at retail in the U.S.,
MS has bullied out Linux on net books and demonstration PC's.For that reason, as net book popularity grew, so too did the market share for Windows in that segment. Early adopters of net books may have been more comfortable with working in a Linux environment, but the mainstream consumer still wants to stick with what’s already known.