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Monday, March 09, 2009

More on the evolution of netbooks

Finally there’s an article I can really recommend on the evolution of netbooks. It’s at the Wired.com blog: Netbooks Offer a Chance to Challenge Windows' Long Reign.

I can’t, however, recommend the reader comments at the end of the article, as they’re mostly negative ones from Windows and Linux loyalists who cannot imagine that, in an online world, most people would be better served by something other than Windows or Linux or Mac OS.

There is a more reasonable comment that the article should also have listed Google’s Android OS. While no official Android netbook implementation has been announced, it was recently reported that Asus is working on an Android-powered Eee PC, possibly with assistance from Google Taiwan.

Meanwhile, here’s an update on my December post in which I wrote that I and others think Apple should introduce a netbook that’s not a small Mac but rather a large iPod Touch. (Admittedly, such a device would differ sufficiently from current netbooks as to warrant having a different name — and I have a suspicion that Apple would loudly say “it’s not a netbook”.) Earlier today Silicon Alley Insider wrote about the mounting evidence that Apple intends to introduce such a device later this year. (The reader comments there are much better!)

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