“If it is there, people will use it,”
I remember the netbook boom of 2-3 years ago.
People bought the likes of the Acer Aspire One, then came to the likes of me wanting Windows on it.
I politely declined, as I didn't have a USB CD drive at the time, and hadn't yet experimented with USB boot drives. Also, the fact that XP onwards really does need to have a licence bought.
But it just showed that people had Linux but wanted to use Windows. Despite the £50 or so Windows tax saving.
And this is coming from a Linux fanboy. When I eventually bought an AAO150, I liked the Linpus desktop (despite the detractors). I liked the speed of boot, the general lack of resource hogging of the OS, and the fact that most of what you want to do was on the desktop nearly immediately.
Though I have to say, I did later put XP on it, but that was more just for the sheer heck of it (as I did also put OSX on it too).
People were just used to their Windows clunkiness, and way of doing things (ie. in Windows download a piece of malware / yet another IE toolbar and you can double click execute the installer there and then. In linux, the install process is slightly more involved).
On the prettier half's laptop, we did use Ubuntu for ages because Vista was mostly broken and unusable.
However, I have noticed that since putting 7 on it (and an extra GB of RAM), it is the Windows partition that now gets most hits on the boot menu.
So yes, if it is there, people will try to use it. But some are too entrenched in their Windows linear way of thinking. Hopefully the next generation of tablet based consumer machines will help abstract away from the Windows desktop way of life.