Ubuntu is all good and well, but still the operating system that wipes the floor is Windows 7 in the netbook market. That is, what little market there is for the netbook at the moment; overshadowed by the iPad and increasingly productive smartphones.
But does the operating system have more of a factor in consumer purchasing than the device itself? Maybe a combination of the two, to be fair, but hardware has come along way since the original netbook.
After spending the best part of Christmas Day trying to install an operating system other than Windows 7 - certainly not Vista- on a netbook with almost exactly the same specs as Dawson's tester netbooks, I settled with Windows 7 Enterprise. This time, however, was without any of the pre-installed crapware that bloated out the out-of-box experience and pushing the netbook's memory usage to nearly three-quarters.
But netbooks are surprisingly powerful compared to only six months ago, and with better processors managing memory better, partly down to Intel Atom chips in my opinion, which are present on both Dawson's netbook and my machine, netbooks don't have to settle for second best.
In an ideal world, even though Windows XP may be dead and buried for the desktopand laptop market, it is still a brilliant operating system and indirectly designed for netbook perfection. Ubuntu netbook edition works well, but lacks the full Ubuntu desktop experience.
But Windows 7 cuts out the bulk, stress and sluggishness from Vista which would make even the desktop experience difficult, onto a netbook device with great results.
Have you got a netbook? Which operating system do you use and why?