Jun. 3, 2009
Intel has confirmed that it is launching a netbook that will use the Linux operating system and not Windows.
Could Intel's decision have to do with today's recession and the need for additional revenue for the chip giant?
Some observers think that it might be such a huge revenue opportunity for Intel that it cannot let the higher
price of an operating system slow its revenue stream. Whatever the reason, it might have an impact on Microsoft's
revenues for the balance of the year.
Others think that the linux operating system now offers more popularity for what people need. For most home
users, there are good enough applications available for today's netbooks that run on Linux.
Will this change of direction encourage other PC manufacturers to move away from Windows and offer home
computers based on Linux? Historically, most PC's have been sold with Windows. But will the change that is
happening with Netbooks spill over into the notebook?
That's a question that is on many observers lips right now.
This new trend is certainly worth noting as Microsoft doesn't have any significant new products to
replace its steady revenue stream lost by a move away from its main OS (operating system).
Others say the first 'acid test' of this new environment will come when all the back to school promotions happen
later at the end of August or early September.
That may only be the time when we will really know for sure if there is an acceleration of the move toward
netbooks operated by Linux.
We will also see if Microsoft lowers its price on the System 7 at the low end of the market. Some say there's
a good chance of that happening as well.
As can be expected, there are still a lot of questions to be asked AND answered... For instance, does Intel
really have enough experience with consumer software to support this kind of product?
Also, will computer manufacturers move to Intel's all-time-rival AMD, simply because it is moving into the
PC consumer segment?
A lot of questions so far, but still no answers as of yet. There's simply no question that the next couple
of months are going to be critical for Microsoft. Then again, it won't be the first time that the software giant
has been confronted with a similar challenge either.