Hey, Google's making an operating system. You probably heard. It's quite big news. Like someone really famous having a baby. Only it's a really underweight baby with its heart and organs being pumped artificially by a beeping machine -- no wonder the press has gone crazy for the -specific OS.
But there's something I do not, and will not use: any kind of netbook, regardless of how well it'll run Google's OS. I hate their cramped little keyboards more than anything else, and their inability to excite me more than even mediocre Swedish porn just saddens the nerd in me. But I feel I may soon concede defeat, as I think the next generation of netbooks will outshine the current efforts.
Back when the first generation of netbooks came out -- dirt cheap, with a lightweight Linux OS and the cloud on top -- what could stop them from slowly eating into 10 per cent of the PC market? Nothing really, so that's what they did.
But there's a problem: it's actually Windows that runs on about 90 per cent of all netbooks, and it's been the extended life of XP that has really helped netbooks reach such a respectable market share. This, plus the confidence manufacturers garnered from the sales of the first round of netbooks, brought in the second generation: Windows-powered, slightly larger, with Atom CPUs.
Linux and its best mate the cloud are great partners: like Steve Wozniak and that chick he danced with in America. The issue was simply that people seemed to , and others simply wanted something that wasn't crap.
Personally, I wanted something that wasn't crap and didn't force me to type differently. These netbooks, I believe, are just around the corner. Manufacturers now have the confidence to fund the development of premium netbooks -- witness Sony caving and following up the P series with a .
Netbooks are here to stay. But the real stayers, for me at least, are the ones set to be released in the next couple of years -- just in time to run Chrome.