They create what's arguably the best netbook available, and now they're supposedly going to abandon it? Seems unlikely to me, unless they're *trying* to give the market to the Samsung NC10.
"the 10in screen size, hard drive and Windows XP, will become the de facto netbook form-factor in 2009"
Not for me it won't, that extra pointless inch of size makes all the difference between a netbook and a "small laptop". You can argue over the relative benefits of XP vs Linux or HD vs SSD all day, but there's no point making the whole device bigger and bulkier unless you're going to increase the screen resolution to go along with it.