27 May 2009

Why Windows Netbooks are good for Open Source

Here's an excellent point:

Even Windows-based netbooks are good news for open source, though. Firefox is pre-loaded on the millions of Windows netbooks that Asus is shipping, and many netbooks come pre-loaded with numerous other open source applications. That means that any more people are gaining experience with good open source applications as soon as they unbox their new computers--undoubtedly a positive trend.

Building on that insight, one thing that might be useful would be to create a site specifically for those running Windows XP on netbooks, with a range of open source software that's particularly suitable - because it's free, requires little resources and is fast.


Unknown said...


There already is an The OSSwin project: Open Source for Windows! project, and there have been several projects like The Open CD. Of course if no one knows about them, they won't get used, so it seems more of an advertising problem to me.

Glyn Moody said...

Yes, you're probably right. I've written about Open CD several times, but it does seem to have a low profiel.