The decision of which operating system to install on your netbook will largely depend on what you intend to use the laptop for. An operating system is a software that allows your computer to function properly. Most people have Windows XP, Windows Vista or Mac OS X installed on their computers.
Most netbook manufacturers will allow their users to choose either Windows XP or a version of Linux. Linux is a free operating system that many people consider to be too complex for personal or office use.
The reason that manufacturers allow customers to use Linux is simple. It brings down the cost of the netbook as it is an open source software. If you decide to opt for Linux you could potentially save 20% on the cost of a netbook.
However there is a reason why many people choose not to use Linux. The Linux system has a big learning curve and takes a long time for newbies to learn. Luckily netbook manufacturers have simplified their versions of this operating system. They have done this by providing users with software and programs to help them get started.
Users that are familiar with Windows may not wish to learn an entirely new system. By purchasing a netbook that has Windows installed users will be able to get started straight away.
At the moment the netbook phenomenon is still growing. There are new models released every month. Buyers should be aware that buying a netbook with Windows or Linux is really a simple decision. All a buyer needs to do is decide how much time and effort they are prepared to put into setting up a new system. If they decide that they are not interested in learning Linux they can simply opt for a Windows based operating system on their computer.