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Why Has Nokia's Netbook Got Windows, Not Linux?

We all knew that Nokia had a netbook on the way, but the actual announcement today had some surprises. The company may be jumping into a seething mass of competition, but analysts think that Nokia has some strong cards to play when it adds the important information: price and availability.

"This was inevitable due to the success of netbooks, driven in part by other Telco manufacturers like Samsung," said Ranjit Atwal, principal research analyst at Gartner for the PC market. "These PCs drive data traffic and are therefore attractive to telco's." Nokia had to have one, because it was "behind the curve," he said.

"This is not an easy market to enter as it is already very competitive," warned Atwal's colleague Carolina Milanesi, Gartner research director for the mobile handset market. The whole netbook market might still be over-praised, she said: " we are still establishing if a lot of the current success in sales is hype or if this space really has long-term potential".

But how much will it cost, and how will it be sold?

Nokia's new Wintel netbook: what happened to Maemo + ARM? Nokia has lifted the curtain on the Nokia Booklet 3G, a 10" netbook running Windows 7 on an Intel Atom CPU. Ars explores why the company is entering the netbook race with a Wintel product rather than the Linux + ARM combo Nokia has carefully cultivated for its Internet tablets.

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