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Linux on Netbooks

It is almost impossible to buy a netbook with Linux pre-installed in the Netherlands anymore. Acer installs Windows XP on all their netbooks because 85 to 90% of all sold Netbooks had WinXP on it. Meanwhile, Google announced a Linux-based 'Chrome OS', which will be their 'attack on the domination of Microsoft'. Lots of nay-sayers crawled out of the woodwork to tell everybody that people just don't want Linux because it's not Windows. And that may be true for a lot of people.

But in the past week, I installed Ubuntu on a netbook. Twice. At the request of the owner. And I had to wipe the WinXP install to do it. They didn't want a dual-boot.
Both of the netbook owners (you know who you are!) are staunch Windows users on their desktop. But on their netbooks, they didn't want Windows. I'm still not entirely sure why you'd want Windows on one place and not on the other, but I'm not arguing. :)
In both cases, connecting to the wireless network was the biggest challenge because of router weirdness. But the second time, we went from the first boot off the USB-key to "I can't think of something I want my machine to do that it doesn't already do now" in two hours. Pretty good score.

And so far, I haven't had any panicked phonecalls. I guess things are going well. :)
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