1. Finally Dell & HP ditch Intel and go with AMD on a larger scale. (i know they were already going in this direction after allegations & settlements, but this just encourages a very nice bounce back for AMD which is good for everyone)
2. The netbook may not be around for much longer which is what i have always thought in the first place, i believe that it is just too lacking in resources
Personally, I could care less. I plan most of my purchases based on what performs best in my price range. With laptops, that generally tends to be Intel. AMD's Turion lines have been pretty weak of late and they just don't have anything to compete with the i3, i5 and i7 laptop CPUs. The Turion IIs can only compete with the Core2Duos. AMD needs to step up, we need the competition in the mobile sector.
As far as the netbooks go, I never really intended to get one. I do plan on going smaller than my current 17'' behemoth, but I would probably look at something like the Dell Vostro 13. IMO, netbooks are just too small and underpowered for what I would want them for.
For what I want it for, it is great. All I need is a small computer to travel with. I work in Saudi Arabia where I have 4 desktops, a personal 15.6" Dell, and a 17" company laptop. At home in the States, I have access to full sized computers.
All I need is email and an ebook reader when I travel. The Samsung comes with Win7 Starter. [CTRL][ALT][Arrow key] will rotate the display. I can hold it in my lap with my thumb on the [PG-UP] and [PG-DOWN] keys and read it like a book. And a nine hour battery life means that I do not run out of juice on a trans-Atlantic flight.
Dell and HP are pulling out of the netbook market because they cannot make any (or enough ?) money. That doesn't mean the market segment is dying.