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Re: COLA Stats: Saturday the 6th of October, 2007.

DFS wrote:
High Plains Thumper wrote:

Linux is good, Linux expresses the best of mankind,
creativity, resourcefulness, usefulness, productivity, etc.

Spare us the pious proclamations.  It's all about cost (cue
[H]omer the [H]ypocrite counting his money while whining about
'money obsessed DFS'). Even at $0 hardly anyone adopts Linux
and open source systems; slap a reasonable price tag on them
and they would basically disappear.

I speak to advocate Linux, not Windows, so tough bricks, ace.

The only reason why Windows dominates is anticompetitive
practises by the monopoly. Best way is OEM produces white boxes and allows the customer to choose operating systems. Currently except in a few instances, they are only offered one. Allowing customer choice helps to restore the balance in competition.


best summarises the problem with Microsoft's monopolisation:

From this position Microsoft and Intel have used anti-competitive practices to gain and keep and even strengthen their monopolies. Over time the other computer companies have gone bust or left the PC market. Microsoft market share is above 85%, and Intel is even bigger. Anti-competitive practices are about using a monopoly position to destroy the competition. In other words good products loose to bad ones. Obviously this is bad for the consumer, because of the lack of choice and overpricing that the monopoly can do once there is no longer any effective competition left. Also innovation will suffer as the monopolies are not being pushed.

Prior to monopolisation, there was a thriving desktop software market with many office automation suites to choose from. Now, if one goes to sites like newegg.com, cdw.com, etc. The only office automation suite offered is Microsoft Office.

Those other companies are gone. Microsoft charges top quid for its products due to the lack of competition. This must be "all about cost" argument that you freely toss around.

By the way, the commercial PC software industry has thrived
under Windows as no other industry ever, and has displayed
creativity, resourcefulness, usefulness and productivity that
far, far surpasses the mediocre results delivered by open
source fanatics.

You must mean creative resourcefulness, usefulness and productivity as such:

Attempting to break a competitor's web browser function:

Microsoft behind $12 million payment to Opera

A confidential settlement ends a litigation threat in a simmering dispute over interoperability problems affecting Opera Software's browser, CNET News.com has learned.

By Evan Hansen and Paul Festa
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Published: May 24, 2004, 4:00 AM PDT

Microsoft agreed to pay Norway's Opera Software $12.75 million to head off a threatened lawsuit over code that made some Web pages on MSN look bad in certain versions of Opera's Web browser, CNET News.com has learned.

Opera disclosed the payment last week in a terse press release that omitted other details, including the name of the settling party and the nature of the dispute.

But a source indicated that the payment came from Microsoft in order to close the books on a clash over obscure interoperability problems. On at least three separate occasions, Opera has accused Microsoft of deliberately breaking interoperability between its MSN Web portal and various versions of the Opera browser--charges that the software giant has repeatedly denied.

This is resourcefulness of a criminal nature.

It is the same resourcefulness that earned Microsoft a
hefty fine by the EU. Here is a Voice of America transcript available in MP3 or Real Audio. I know it will do no good, as you are hard of hearing, but here is the link:


You can freely listen to it whilst you type your gobshite, here.


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