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Re: Microsoft Sabotage Linux Adoption

"Roy Schestowitz" <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message 
> http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/18/2036220&tid=109&tid=106
> "Outspoken IT consultant John H. Terpstra believes that Microsoft and
> electronics manufacturers are working together to hinder the adoption 
> of
> Linux on the desktop. In a three part series, he tells a story about 
> how
> two guys trying to buy Linux desktops found they were overpriced, and
> lacked certain tools. He then describes how Microsoft uses its
> considerable resources and the law to create such roadblocks."
> http://searchopensource.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid39_gci1134910,00.htm
> In the article, I have collected some selected bits that appear to fit 
> with
> a recurring theme that we see:
> * Laptops whose price is actually lowered because of the inclusion of
> Windows (I mentioned this before in the context of Dell, but it is not
> only Dell)
> * Bundled hardware comes with Windows (READ: gift from Microsoft)
> * Companies that refuse to support Linux or provide drivers
> * Silence among governments about corruption as in points 1 & 2
> Be sure to read all 3 parts. I assure you it is an interesting read.
LOL!!!  You doolies are a real hoot!  Your theory seems to be that 
Microsoft, with annual profits of 15B on sales of 40B or so are keeping 
the price of Windows too low to allow effective price competition by 
linux?  The silly idea from the DOJ was that competition was supposed to 
lower prices, so maybe there is no monopoly anymore and so prices are 
now lower.

What's the theory on why device makers aren't so hot to create linux 
drivers?  Maybe Microsoft is threatening them?  You folks need a better 

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