PC maker Lenovo stated improvements in Microsoft's Windows 7 will make notebook makers less likely to adopt Linux-based operating systems. However, the company said they will still evaluate Google's Chrome OS. According to Lenovo, features that have made Windows 7 more attractive include a ten second boot time, less than one second resume, improved suspend mode, enhanced power efficiency and UI improvements such as multi-touch support.
"Our S9 and S10 model netbooks had Linux loads, but they didn't do well so we stopped selling them," said Locker, referring to the systems launched in October 2008 mainly targeting the education market.
The fact Apple's iTunes is not supported on Linux clients irked many Lenovo users.
"People didn't realize what they bought, and they returned them because they expected Windows and thought they were broken they expected Windows," Locker said. Meanwhile Windows 7 "has really hurt the alternatives because it's a lot better, so there's a huge gap [for Linux environments] to jump now," he said.