I'm in the market for a cheap netbook (sub $800 probably), wanting to purchase it by early next year for study purposes.
One thing I'm wanting to clarify is: when we can expect to have manufacturers releasing netbooks with Windows 7 on them? This will effect whether I wait around for a machine with Windows 7, or just go ahead and get a Windows XP machine when I see it at a good price.
Unlike with full-sized laptops, I haven't noticed retailers offering cheap/free upgrades from XP>7 on netbooks yet, but perhaps they are and I haven't noticed them? Or are they not offering it it because netbooks don't tend to come with DVD drives, so that may make it more difficult to upgrade to Windows 7? Or for reasons of price? (I see Asus, which is the brand I'm likely to end up with, doesn't offer free upgrades for its netbooks - see http://event.asus.com/2009/windows7/)
Thanks for any advice anyone can offer.