To be honest, I have never been a fan of “netbooks”; I’d rather root in for a decent smartphone. Unfortunately, the market is limited for a “low end high specifications” smart phone although I have been eying Samsung’s Galaxy 3 for a possible upgrade soon.
I personally feel that something like a Nokia N900 with capacitative touch screen and all kinds of connectivity with Ubuntu hacked to work for “multi-touch” and tonnes of Debian based applications (as they already exist) plus a phone would be an ultimate smart phone below 10k. It doesn’t cost the dip shit assholes a dime and much of the pumped up price is for the branding; sellers rarely get a good decent margin on a “hot selling phone”.
With the imminent launch of 3G, the mobile applications would be set to grow. But who wants to tap in a ready market? Our country for all it’s crap IT prowess, doesn’t even figure on the app market scene because we as a market suck.
Lets hope for the best. Maybe someone would be wiser to adapt Ubuntu to smartphones.