Commenting on the announcement that Intel would be bringing its second generation of low-cost Classmate sub-notebook to Europe and the US, Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group.
He added that he expects any iteration of Intel's Classmate sub-notebook that launches in Europe or the US to come with Windows XP.
Intel has high hopes for the performance of any Classmate-version that would launch in the US and Europe; analysts agree. "This is a very big deal," said the Yankee Group's Laura Didio.
Enderle added: "Particularly in a recession year, quality low-cost products are going to move well."
Enderle's comments come less than ten days after Wal-Mart pulled the plug on selling Linux-based PCs in its stores, with a spokeswoman for the firm telling press "it wasn't what our customers wanted."