DisplaySearch reports that Wintel and suppliers are abandoning the netbooks. What they fail to notice is that without a low-priced version of that other OS and with GNU/Linux margins for netbooks are acceptable. The netbook will rise again. People love small cheap computers and a netbook is quite competitive against most tablets. Strangely, DisplaySearch notices that suppliers are reducing, not eliminating, production of display panels for netbooks but does not see this possibility.
They assume that without the patronage of M$, netbooks will die off completely, a fact not in evidence. We saw before netbooks with GNU/Linux selling like hot cakes. We will see it again. If M$’s partners will not fill the demand others will.