Consumers don't care for Linux.
We all know that netbooks have been selling like hot cakes. We also know that the major reason for that is their low price, so you might think that the generally cheaper Linux-based models would be the most popular. Apparently not though.
According to a post on the Microsoft Windows Blog, of all netbooks – which Microsoft sensibly classes as a sub-$500 (~£350) machine with a 10.2in screen size or less -sold as of February this year, Microsoft’s OS was installed on 96 percent. By contrast, in the first half of 2008 only around 10 per cent of netbooks were sold running Windows.
Notably, not only do more customers have Windows based netbooks, but the return rate is four time lower than for those that are Linux-based. Whether that’s familiarity or because Windows is “easier to use, just works out of the box with people’s stuff, and ultimately offers more choice” I’ll leave you to decide.