Day Dreaming is my favorite hobby !!! Nice .. isn’t it ? and lately, my day dreams too turned geek. Android .. google and Netbooks. I started dreaming about these three, after reading so much about them.
But why should I read a lot about them ? What makes it interesting ?
1. Linux has become user friendly and powerful and it is ready for the use of common man. 2. Linux will be the best choice for Netbooks. 3. What Linux needs now is support from a Company which has mass acceptance, and Google is the best partner it can ever get.
So, when google and Linux join together, we need to expect something .. big … Â reason ?.
Imagine you introduce Linux to a Windows user, and tell them this is Ubuntu, a Linux OS .. try this out … they may not do it .. and they will start complaining about it even if they start using it .. but Â the desktop environment is pretty much the same. Now, introduce Google Docs to a MS Office user, and tell him/her that this is a Google Product.. they will like it.. sure, they will at least try it out for some time.
This is the same brand attraction that works in the normal market. OS market is no different. If Microsoft makes an entirely new Operating system, people will try it out .. and they may start liking it if that is good enough. Give an equal or better Linux distribution … oh no !!
Android was accepted as a Mobile Os, and it will, also as Netbook-Laptop-Desktop OS.
Now, Imagine this … someone from Antarctica or Artica, makes a Linux based operating system for Mobile phones… can you expect T mobile and HTC making handsets to run that OS ? No !! Will you hear rumors about ASUS testing Netbooks with Android ? No .. Â But, how did Android get this acceptance from the industry ? ( apple’s iPhone was a reason of course ) … Android was developed by Google. Â Brand attraction ?
It’s not just Brand Support .. it’s also about money
Yes, it is also about money … Google may start subsidizing Andoid Netbooks. This rumor comes from the remarks of Google’s CEO,Â Schmidt. Read the following from a news report.
“What’s particularly interesting about netbooks is the price point,” Google’s Willy Wonka told a room full of financial types this afternoon at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in downtown San Francisco. “Eventually, it will make sense for operators and so forth to subsidize the use of netbooks so they can make services revenue and advertising revenue on the consumption. That’s another new model that’s coming.”
Schmidt called netbooks the “next generation” of the low-cost machines produced by Nicholas Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative. “Products today are not completely done. Things are missing. It’s perfectly possible that operating systems that are Linux-based will become a significant player in that space, whereas they have historically notÂ been a significant player in the PC space.”Â Read the entire article here
Manufactures are waiting.
When the demand for Netbooks started going steadily upwards, manufactures like Acer, Asus, Dell etc tried to make the product more cheap with Linux. Then Microsoft started offering Windows XP on Netbooks, ( and they are making Windows 7 light enough to port it on a Netbook.) Â Customers also started loving their tiny netbooks with their good old Windows XP on it. But, for Manufactures, it was going back to Microsoft for the OS, and higher prices for the product.
Google Android can be their saviour. If Â Google makes an operating system- a powerful Android with mass acceptance, it’s going to bring Netbook prices down, and demand up. That’s more money .. right ? And if Google is going to Subsidize it, Jackpot !!
Questions .. Questions .. Questions..
Do you have any plans of buying a Netbook ? If yes, will you select a Netbook with Linux ? is it hard for you to learn something new, like a new OS ?