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Where's Vista?

The list of the 25 most popular laptop computers at Amazon.com shows very few run Vista.

Michael Horowitz

Michael Horowitz wrote his first computer program in 1973 and has been a computer nerd ever since. He spent more than 20 years working in an IBM mainframe (MVS) environment. He has worked in the research and development group of a large Wall Street financial company, and has been a technical writer for a mainframe software company.

He teaches a large range of self-developed classes, the underlying theme being Defensive Computing. Michael is an independent computer consultant, working with small businesses and the self-employed. He can be heard weekly on The Personal Computer Show on WBAI.


Michael Horowitz

I've stated before on this blog that I think Netbooks will be very popular. The 25 best selling laptop computers at Amazon.com bears out this prediction. But, perhaps the most shocking thing about the list is how few computers have Windows Vista installed.

The top 10 consist of seven Netbooks running Windows XP, one Netbook running Linux and two MacBooks. No Vista.

As of 11 a.m. PT Thursday, here's the list of operating systems on the most popular laptop computers sold at Amazon.com.

1. Windows XP Home Edition
2. Windows XP Home Edition
3. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
4. Windows XP Home Edition
5. Windows XP Home Edition
6. Windows XP Home Edition
7. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
8. Windows XP Home Edition
9. Windows XP Home Edition
10. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
11. Windows Vista Home Premium
12. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
13. Windows Vista Home Basic
14. Linux
15. Windows XP Home Edition
16. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
17. Windows XP Home Edition
18. Linux
19. Windows XP Home Edition
20. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
21. Windows XP Home Edition
22. Linux
23. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
24. Windows XP Home Edition
25. Windows XP Home Edition

Operating System Totals
Windows XP: 13
Mac OS X: 6
Linux: 4
Windows Vista: 2

Form Factor Totals
Netbook: 18
Full size Laptop: 7 (includes 6 Macs)

See a summary of all my Defensive Computing postings.