Every time we think that Microsoft is going to stop the distribution of Windows XP, something else happens. This time it appears that consumers, bloggers, news articles and others may have put a stake though the heart of Windows 7 Starter Edition. It seems that people were not jumping up and down with the thought that they would only be allowed to open three applications at a time.

This is what Acer is saying:

If what Acer said earlier turns out to be true, that means OEMs will be able to sell XP-powered machines until October 2010, and that decision is sure to have repercussions for Linux on netbooks.

After all, one of the key weaknesses of Starter Edition was the three application limit – something that can’t be said about Windows XP.

Though it will still add a bit to the cost of a system, the amount has been pegged as low as $15. That’s a negligible amount and one most consumers will be willing to absorb to have access to an operating system that is far more familiar to most than any Linux distribution.

The extension will give Microsoft an entire year to build public awareness of Windows 7 and showcase Starter Edition – or scrap it and offer better pricing on another more complete version. Either way, today’s announcement could mean a continued rough road ahead for mainstream Linux.

So we might all be using Windows XP for some time. At least those of us who buy a Netbook computer.

Comments welcome.


As a side note: My first post disappeared so I reposting this again.