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[News] Microsoft's Illegal OEM Tactics Make Counting Linux Users Impossible

'A Year Later, Sales of Linux on Dell Computers Continue to Grow'

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| Interestingly enough, even if Dell were to give more detailed figures with 
| regards to the amount of machines it has sold pre-loaded with Linux, we still 
| would not be aware of how many Dell machines actually have Linux running on 
| them. How many of you have bought a Windows Dell laptop, only to remove 
| Windows afterwards, replacing it with Ubuntu, OpenSUSE (or whatever your 
| choice of distribution may be) instead?     



Microsoft Shuts Down Linux 10 Years Ago Says Iowa Attorney

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| Going back now to as early as 1998, Microsoft starts to realize that
| Linux might pose a possible threat, and Vinod Valloppillil, who is
| a program manager at Microsoft, is asked by Mr. Allchin, Jim Allchin,
| to analyze potential strategies for combatting open-source software,
| and specifically Linux.
| His memos are leaked to the press in April -- I beg your pardon --
| in October of 1998 and become known as the Halloween documents.
| And the evidence will be that Microsoft uses its influence in the
| OEM channel, the computer manufacture channel, to make sure that
| end users have a difficult time buying PCs with Linux preinstalled.


Microsoft's Dirty OEM-Secret

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| They are, in short the secret to Microsoft's success. And the word
| secret is to be taken quite literally: No OEM may talk about the
| contents of his contract, or he will lose his license, and (assumption)
| likely be sued for breach of contract as well.


Jury Hears Microsoft Competition Suit

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| A judge on Friday told jurors they must accept as fact that a
| federal court found in 1999 that Microsoft holds a monopoly over
| computer operating systems and that it restricted computer
| manufacturers' ability to use competing systems.
| [...]
| She said she'll show that the company used its monopoly power
| to exclude competition and control prices and that it conspired with
| other companies to restrain trade, maintaining what she called a
| chokehold on software competitors and computer manufacturers.


Did Microsoft want to 'whack' Dell over its Linux dealings?


Dell's secret Linux fling [sabotaged by Microsoft]


Microsoft 'killed Dell Linux' - States


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