Re: "the writing is on the wall for desktop computing."
When did the ElReg comment section become MS shill central? I know ya guys don't like Eadon, but that part isn't bullshit. MS did strongarm OEMs to stick XP on netbooks, which were running Linux and doing pretty well. Real analysts even say that Palm's downfall was partly because they axed the Foleo, their own Linux-based netbook that some dumbass in management decided to kill before its release date.
The one market that didn't get killed by MS would be the smartbook one, as that was Apple's to kill with the iPad.