Windows 7 or Linux best suited for netbooks?
ComputerWorld have posted an interesting article up about which is better for a netbook, Windows 7 or Linux? Preston has spent time using both operating systems on his netbook and has explained what it’s like using each system, and how it will benefit netbooks.
In the article, he notes Linux as being a “solid, stable, operating system with a simple, easy-to-use interface”. Linux also will work with lighter weight hardware than is needed for Windows 7, which will bring the cost of the netbook down. The Linux operating system is also much cheaper than Windows 7, and even free in some cases. Both these factors indicate that a Linux netbook should be cheaper than a Windows 7 based one.
Windows 7 on the other hand, while it may drive the price of the netbook up a little, Windows is familar with many people. New features of Windows 7 may need a bit of learning about, switching to Linux would involve learning how to operate and use a different operating system. Installing and updating software in Linux is described as not for the faint hearted.
So it seems that Windows 7, will prove to be a more popular choice amoung consumers. Linux won’t however disappear from netbooks and we should still see it on “budget” netbooks.