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Re: Slightly OT: Must Linux buy its way onto the desktop?

taharka wrote:
Feb. 08, 2006

As you may know, Google is close to making a deal with Dell in which the
search giant will get to preinstall its software package on Dell PCs.
What you may not know is that Google may be spending a billion dollars
over three years for the privilege.

Why should I care? (This is a serious question, not irony.)

Full story at; http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS2572482759.html


What does that have to do with Linux? Everything.

Microsoft may say that what ends up on the desktop is all about having the best products, but that's hooey. I don't say that as a Linux supporter, I say that as someone who knows how the desktop market works. Most users, I'd say 80 percent, stick with what comes on their desktop. Period.

I know this. Microsoft knows this. Everyone in the desktop business knows this, even though we may disagree on the exact numbers.

So, the real way to win the desktop, as I've long said, is to get Linux on it before a user ever sees it.


Is "winning the desktop" (whatever that may be) a goal? For me?

I guess I just don't understand the big picture or sth. This just
looks like more "I hate MicroSoft" propaganda than anything worthwhile.

Could someone explain why this is important?

This message made from 100% recycled bits.
You have found the bank of Larn.
I can explain it for you, but I can't understand it for you.
I speak only for myself, and I am unanimous in that!

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