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I believe Netbooks will be seen as a very important development in the evolution of computing devices. The early Netbooks focused on a small, portable form factor which also had an extremely long battery life. Hardware was mostly from the previous generation and the default OS was an open source Linux variant. Yet, it was good enough for most people.

Certainly, Microsoft and Intel would hate the creation of such a category which would hurt their margins significantly. In fact, Asus was forced to sell Windows only netbooks after a point in time.

But at least now the customers know that such a long running, ultra portable and cheap device is possible. This, I believe, was a big achievement.

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