Asus is a pioneer of the low-cost, small notebook made for internet consumption. That was the original concept behind the Linux-based Eee PC, but soon that grew into something bigger when Windows XP invaded and owned the segment.
Now Google has something that could be a very good alternative to Linux in the form of Chrome OS. We put Google's own Cr-48 through its paces and we came away impressed with computing from the cloud.
Reports from Taiwan now point to Asus as working on a low-cost netbook that could float around the $200 to $250 range that will run a Google OS. Interestingly, the report says that it could be either Android 3.0 or Chrome OS.
The Chrome OS would make more sense for a notebook form factor, but with the growth expected for Android tablets this year, having a netbook with a full hardware keyboard running Honeycomb could be interesting.
I have a Toshiba AC100 (Tegra 2) with Android 2.2 on it and it's only real use is for web browsing, App's are almost out of the question since most games/apps rely on multi-touch (well most of the ones I use anyway) and all the other app stores are horrible.
I told people not to waist thier money on a netbook that has such poor performance when they could spend only $100 more and get a laptop that works so much better and faster. So many people though of it as just a small laptop but did not understand that the power of the laptop was very limited by it's single core CPU and 1GB of ram.
I told people not to buy the cables and that they could get a better deal on cables online, if they were willing to wait if they didn't want to wait then the higher price is what they have to pay and I never encouraged people to buy "premium" cables.
I told people that wireless N is a waist of money if you are not transfering files within your own home because most internet connections are limited by the ISP not your wireless band width in your house. I did tell them though that it would provide more range.
I told people about free antivirus options.
From all of the above I didn't push my opinions but if someone directly asked me or it seemed like they didn't want to spend that much. I didn't lie. Although I'm sure best buy would have liked it better if I did.
I wouldn't say that XP owned the netbook market - a large proportion of people install Ubuntu or try another Linux distro such as Meego or Joli OS (also based on Ubuntu). Microsoft did move in on the market to make sure that most netbooks sold with a microsoft operating system installed on them.....
In my opinion XP isn't too bad on a netbook although I tend to use Ubuntu more in my dual boot set up.