seanvll wrote:if i purchased a NOOBS could i install it on my netbook?
No. The "NOOBS installer" software can only be (usefully) run from an SDHC card plugged into a Raspberry Pi - its purpose being to install (and, subsequently, re-boot into) one or more Operating Systems that the Pi can use. However, you can use your netbook to "install" NOOBS onto the SDHC card in the first place, instead of purchasing a card "pre-installed" with NOOBS.
Still running Raspbian Jessie or Stretch on some older Pi's (an A, B1, 2xB2, B+, P2B, 3xP0, P0W, 2xP3A+, P3B+, P3B, B+, and a A+) but Buster on the P4B's. See: https://www.cpmspectrepi.uk/raspberry_pi/raspiidx.htm