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



On Thu, 2006-02-09 at 13:26 -0600, Mike McCarty wrote:
> 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.)

Ever try walking into Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Staples, etc. &
inquiring about purchasing a computer/computers with Linux
pre-installed? Better yet, ask about getting you-know-what/who's OS
taken off & replaced with Linux without still paying for
you-know-what/who's OS that won't be used :-(( Nuff said ;-)

> > Full story at; http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS2572482759.html
> > 
> 
> 
> [QUOTE MODE ON]
> 
> 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.
> 
> [QUOTE MODE OFF]
> 
> 
> 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?
> 
> Mike

taharka

Lexington, Kentucky U.S.A.


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