What Netbook Operating Should You Use? "Linux," suggests The Economist
The Economist recently published an article on Netbooks, suggesting that users should 'avoid the temptation' to go for a Windows-based netbook, and in particular, to treat your netbook simply as a 'mini laptop'. Their perspective is that in order to run Windows and win apps efficiently, you might as well just buy a small laptop. The recommendation was to stick to a Linux based netbook, with a focus on pre-installed software that can manage your daily common tasks.
With most netbooks in the £150 range, such as the most basic version of the ever so popular Acer Aspire One (which I have myself) for a mere average of £179 in the UK (or less if you search HUKD), The Economist suggests that the "8 gigabytes (GB) of flash storage and 512 megabytes of RAM... is perfectly adequate to run the customised version of Linux that comes pre-installed on it..." They also rated Open Office to be easier to use than MS Word, stating that it has 'no compatibility problems'.
Now from an 'economical' viewpoint (it is THE Economist, after all), are those specs 'adequate' for what the majority of us want with our Netbooks? How many of you have bought one that came pre-installed with Linux, and actually wished in hindsight that you paid the extra £40-£50 and got an XP version with a 120GB HDD instead, or a larger screen? And for those of you who think 'Linux Rocks', why?