I am close to ordering a Dell Mini-9 for myself. However before jumping I wanted to see if I could find any comparable netbooks locally. The reason being that I would like to actually touch and feel one prior to purchase to see if I would be happy with it. I checked Best Buy and found 0 Linux Netbooks. A fact which I pointed out to them in feedback.
“Just a general comment. I looked through your Netbook selection. XP Home, XP Home, XP Home, XP Home, XP Home… one lost customer. I was looking for a local netbook I could touch which would compare to Dell’s Mini 9. However, since none of your netbooks come with any flavor of Linux it matters not one whit that I can get a feel of size/keyboard layout. The option I want is simply not there. Please reconsider this myopic decision in the Netbook field.”
Only goy a boilerplate response.
“I am disappointed that our selection of Notebooks did not meet your expectations. I will be passing your comment on the those who make inventory decisions. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you, however, I would like to thank you for taking the time to contact us. We rely on our customers feedback to make necessary improvements to better serve our customers.
Thank you for helping us improve our service. We look forward to your next visit to one of our stores or to www.BestBuy.com.”
Sad, really, since the entire Netbook niche was created by a machine running Linux, the ASUS EEE PC.