As the year comes to an end, big magazines are coming out with their top ten lists all around. We knew netbooks would be making some news, and here it is: InformationWeek placed the rise of netbooks as its number one open source story of 2008.They discussed how netbooks prove that you don’t need a full desktop or even notebook to get work done. Netbooks offer internet connectivity, word processing, and a few more tasks for a dirt cheap price, generally around $350. They originally came with Linux, but the introduction of XP to the netbook world made them more mainstream. According to InformationWeek, “Netbooks also proved to be a better bet than Linux-powered desktop PCs at the same price point: why pay the same for a machine that doesn’t even come with a display?”The future shows a “race to the bottom” for the price of a netbook. While InformationWeek cited the unconfirmed $99 Coby netbook as proof, more solid proof exists, such as the $99 RadioShack netbook offer.Via InformationWeek.