In a taste of things to come–and perhaps a clue why its working so hard on that custom Linux UI–HP will release three editions of its netbooks to match the Windows 7 licensing maze that Microsoft announced last week. From Wired:
Leave it to Microsoft to make netbooks complicated.
It appears likely the tech giant will offer three different versions of Windows 7 for netbooks. HP officials told Computer World about its plans to offer three different configurations of Windows 7 for netbooks, which suggests Microsoft will roll out this structure for other companies’ netbooks as well.
Though MS claimed that only two of the six/seven editions announced would be of interest to consumers, the low price of netbooks makes it impossible for manufacturers to resist offering one with the crippled Windows 7 “Starter” edition, which allows only three programs to be run at once. But if you’re going to do that, why not also make a special Pro edition netbook, too?