>"Perhaps people actually *want* a smallish laptop device running the windows they know and will instantly work with everything they already own happily outside the tech/geek/nerd/os-bigot crowd?" - Vince
>"These companies are giving linux a bad name amongst the general consumer public by installing badly home-customised distros. Just what MS ordered!" - b4k4
-Cheers guys. And to the others eching these sentiments. I've been taking a pummeling in the "Netbooks for Newbies #2" article comments for making this exact point. This is not an MS conspiracy. Bully-boy tactics? Possibly, maybe. But pre-installing a "Crippled" Linux is/was a *big* mistake. A "Proper", "Full" Linux (*buntu/PCLinuxOS/Mint/openSUSE/etc) would have given a much better account of the possibilities of a non-MS world. And there's no good reason for pre-installing one on AA1/901 Atom-spec XP capable kit.