Why do slashdoters so love to trivialize what the "average person" does with their computer? I know not everyone is a power user, but geez, give people some credit. It is thinking liek this that make stupid things like Chrome OS sound like a good idea.
My wife and I got two win7 12 inch dual core netbooks. She watches the Decora Eagle cam while I run ubuntu in a vm doing development work for aurdino in perl, while surfing and streaming music. Or we hook it up to the big screen tv to watch netflix. It's light weight, portable, great battery life and powerful enough. Dead? Dr. McCoy's dead.
The value of a program is proportional to the weight of its output.