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Linux Netbook Sales: Suffering From More Market Shrinkage?

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The VAR Guy thinks Linux Netbooks may have fallen into a pool filled with chilly water. The apparent result: Continued market shrinkage. Alas, The VAR Guy doesn’t have official market data to share. But three pieces of circumstantial evidence suggest the Linux Netbook market continues to decline in North America while the Apple iPad and tablets continue to rise. Here’s why.

In recent weeks, The VAR Guy has visited Dell.com, System76.com and ZaReason.com. During the height of the netbook craze, each of those PC makers prominently promoted Linux and Ubuntu netbooks. Check the sites now and all three companies seemed to have backed away from Linux netbooks. And Dell’s old Ubuntu site (www.dell.com/Ubuntu) seems dead — though if you look closely enough you will find some Ubuntu systems on Dell’s site. Plus, Dell is working closely with Canonical — the company behind Ubuntu — in the cloud computing market.

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