Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
When netbooks first hit the market, they lacked the processing power and hard drive capacity to properly run Windows. As a result, some technology journalists speculated that Linux might end up being a relevant operating system for a wide variety of consumers as netbooks matured.
Alas, that’s not what happened. Netbooks quickly became more powerful, and were bestowed with normal hard drives. In addition, Microsoft created a special version of Windows targeted at netbooks called Window 7 Starter. It’s cheap for OEMs to buy this and put it on netbooks, and that negates some of the advantage of Linux.
Today, Linux netbooks are very hard to find. Most major netbook manufacturers have discontinued them completely. There are still a handful of picks available, however, and they’re generally inexpensive.