Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Not all that along ago, I was hearing rumors that the release of Windows 7 will spell the death of Linux on tiny notebook type computers called netbooks. At the time the argument was that people expected Windows on their PCs and that familiarity would win out over anything that desktop Linux distributions can dispense in response.
Speaking for myself, I think people make these broad generalizations because they either have a vested interest in the Windows 7 product being successful or they're totally unaware that there is a healthy operating system ecosystem that goes beyond anything provided by Microsoft or Apple.
Despite netbooks not requiring the Windows OS to browse the web, check email or even use the latest social media tools available, desktop Linux remains largely unknown for the most part. And to date, it seems like the netbook market could end up falling even further into Microsoft's clutches should Windows 7 find itself bundled with the available netbooks.