I just saw the news "Linux owns 32 percent of netbook market, says study", of course I immediately wanted to read the study... forget it, if you read the news it's only a rumor, nothing in the hands.
"ABI did not publicly break out sales by specific segment or operating system, but a ComputerWorld story by Eric Lai quotes ABI analyst Jeff Orr as saying that the study shows that 32 percent (about 11 million netbooks) of this year's netbook shipments will be used with a Linux-based operating system."
Linux netbooks got about 30% market share at the very beginning of the netbook era. This number went dramatically down when customers recognized the compatibility and the usability problems. Linux isn't yet for the masses. This may change with the new Ubuntu and Moblin 2.1, on the other hand Windows 7 is a strong competitor and may kill the best Linux netbook distributions.
Again: don't get me wrong, I really look forward for a Linux success in the netbook market. On the other hand we must be realistic... great part (90% or more) of shipped netbooks in US and Europe is Windows XP based.