Though hardly scientific, the poll found that:
- 36 percent of participants "absolutely" intend to buy Ubuntu MIDs
- 45 percent of participants might be interesting in a MID purchase, depending on features, functions and price
- And 19 percent of participants expect to purchase a smart phone or a netbook rather than an Ubuntu MID device
The MID initiative remains a work in progress for Canonical. The company first announced its Ubuntu MID effort in mid-2007, and Canonical expected MIDs to become widely available in 2008.
However, MIDs have faced a range of challenges. Many users seem content to use traditional notebooks and smart phones. Moreover, so-called netbooks (running Linux or Windows XP) were the surprise hit of 2008.
To Canonical's credit, Ubuntu-driven netbooks are widely available. But I think the netbook craze -- coupled with emerging platforms like Google Android -- have limited Canonical's ability to drive interest in the MID concept.
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