Black Friday: Are PCs, Vista and software as hot as gadgets?

How did PCs and software fare in comparison to other consumer electronics products on the day after Thanksgiving? The answer may depend on where those products are sold - online or up front - according to NPD's chief analyst.

• New gadgets seem to be outshining PCs, software and traditional electronics products.
• Laptops are popular.
• Consumers who are buying PCs at retail stores don't really care about the operating systems they are getting - Vista, Mac OS, or Linux.
• Linux-based PCs are flying off shelves in stores because they are cheap.
• Individuals who are technically savvy buy their PCs and Macs online rather than in stores.

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