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Are Consumers Getting Mixed Messages About Linux Netbooks?

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Recently, there's been a lot of noise regarding Linux netbooks -- from how well the devices have sold to the return rates. Sam mentioned in a post that reasonable expectations need to be set for netbooks.

I agree with Sam on this point (which applies to more than netbooks, when it's fully considered). These machines are designed for basic tasks, not to serve as a complete office substitute when traveling.
In the last few days, I've begun to wonder if Linux based netbooks are having to fight another battle -- messages from the media and retailers seem at odds.

There it is again: the "Linux is intimidating" argument. Truthfully, this argument doesn't always bother me, because any new operating system can be intimidating. Depending on your familiarity with computers in general, and how adventurous you are with technology, it can be (without a doubt) intimidating.

This statement irks me...

Also: Netbooks: An opportunity for Windows, and a threat to Linux

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