Many software applications have now moved to the cloud and this has resulted in a bigger demand for inexpensive netbook computers. In this market there are two rival operating systems, Windows XP and Linux. Linux is cheaper than Windows XP, is also more stable, boots more quickly and is generally very reliable. However, it is also less familiar and would require a bit of time and effort on the part of the consumer in order to adapt to the new system.
In the current economic climate, the consumer might well consider that a bit of time and effort is worth the financial saving they would be able to make by choosing to buy a Linux machine instead of a Windows XP machine.