Absolutely: It MUST be a netbook! For me ...
Totally correct, in the beginning, it was 'sexy', 7 inch, SSD, Linux. All what is needed for on-the-road activities. The manufacturers could not produce enough, even. But then, The Behemoth from Redmond came in, once again, when seeing their market eroding, and told the manufacturers as well as users, what actually *should* happen according to Steve B.: It HAD to be Microsoft. Now, netbooks don't support the concept of fat installs and RAM use; so the manufacturers had to gradually, actually fast because of being pushed by Microsoft, move to a 'tiny notebook' (tiny in all meanings) instead.
ElReg!comments!Pierre got it totally right. Microsoft will shoot down whatever seems to threaten their evil ways. From OS2 to netbooks. And, alas, the general public falls for all the nonsense emanating from the mouth of Redmond.
No, my notebook(s) are not what I use for my daily work. Though I do use them daily, for hours. Have one in my bag, wherever I go, reading mails, writing, surfing, Sudoku, etc. And the other one goes with me through all my lectures, with a graphics tablet. Because the crap PCs that are provided in the lecturer halls too often simply don't work, at least not properly. And then the cloud helps me, syncing all my actual documents on any client that I use.
Yep, here's one more whom you'll have to pry the netbook from my cold dead fingers. Though you might be disappointed: No, it doesn't run Windows.