Looks like netbook sales will surge more given this move by Verizon (http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10206584-1.html) to sell netbooks. AT&T is already selling Acer and Dell netbooks...
As mentioned before, more than 30% of netbook sales are on Linux (they are $50-75 less costly than Windows XP --- Vista doesnt run)
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Here is an interesting pattern:
According to Microsoft watchIDC reported that there is a surge in Netbook purchases in Europe.Around 3.6 million in Europe, 5 million or so, worldwide in 4Q,2008.CIO.com reportsthat "according to ABI research, 16M were sold in 2008; 39M will besold this year; and 139M by 2013".
Netbooks on Linux end up around $50-75 less expensive. Around 30% of the Netbooks sold are on Linux.
and Doug did predict this for 2009 - see eweek report:
In Europe, looks like Telcos have the lead on this, in getting netbooks out in the market...