It is so annoying (but not unexpected) that Microsoft swooped in and fixed it so you can't find a netbook with Linux on it in any store, but this is the icing on the cake:
I was in Costco a couple of weeks ago and I was looking over the netbooks to see if there was one with Linux installed (of course there wasn't). The salesman came up and asked if I had any questions. I said "yes, where can I get a one of these with a decent operating system instead of Windows".
I can say that I won't ever buy another machine with Windoze pre-installed. I did that once and I have regretted it ever since. I tried to get my money back for the unused copy of Windoze that came with it, but finally gave up. I am mad at myself for giving up too easily, I should have fought the battle just on principle.
It occurred to me that we should grab the "itsbetterwithlinux.com" URL and put up a rebuttal, but it looks like somebody already has it. I certainly hope it isn't a Redmond lackey cybersquatting.