Discouraging scuttlebutt: A site called Tech ARM has what it says is a that Microsoft will apply to machines that qualify to come with Windows 7 Starter Edition preinstalled. They’re tighter in some places than the similar restrictions for Windows XP, and laxer in others–but the one that sticks in my craw is the continuing requirement that netbooks ship with a maximum of 1GB of RAM. RAM’s cheap enough these days that there would surely be 2GB netbooks if Microsoft didn’t try to prevent them from shipping. And I know from my experience with my own Asus EeePC 1000HE that it’s a markedly more pleasing computer with the 2GB upgrade that I installed than it would have been with half the RAM.
A gig of memory is probably enough for a netbook, but a little excess never hurt anyone. I don't want manufacturers to start offering 2GB netbook configurations, though; that'll just invite gouging. Instead, my perfect netbook has 1GB of memory soldered onto the motherboard with an empty (and easy to access) SO-DIMM slot. Ditching the onboard memory and going for just a single memory slot wouldn't be a bad solution, either, but then what am I going to do with the factory module when I pop in a 2GB replacement of my own? It's probably not even worth trying to sell a 512MB or 1GB SO-DIMM on eBay these days.
@Harry: “… the one (restriction) that sticks in my craw is the continuing requirement that netbooks ship with a maximum of 1GB of RAM. RAM’s cheap enough these days that there would surely be 2GB netbooks if Microsoft didn’t try to prevent them from shipping.”
One thing is for certain, netbooks running on Windows Vista will certainly be more expensive and, as far as their performance levels are concerned, things might not turn out as expected. On the other hand, a 2GB netbook would be very good at running a customized Linux-based operating system as well, which could ultimately increase customer interest in the netbook market.