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[News] Macs Eat Windows, Leave Door Open for Linux

  • Subject: [News] Macs Eat Windows, Leave Door Open for Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 13:36:39 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Mac sales up over 40 percent year-over-year

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| Apple later this month is expected to announce fiscal first quarter revenues 
| of nearly $10 billion for the three-month period ending December, fueled 
| largely by the ongoing resurgence of the company's personal computer 
| business, according to one Wall Street analyst.   


Not much to abolish Linux phones though:

Iphone won't hit sales target

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| So Apple has gone right past the hot sales season and still has six million 
| handsets to sell. There have been persistent rumours that O2 has been gagged 
| over its actual UKIphones sales.  


Apple announcement just a load of hot Air

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| When all was said and done, it was hardly a wasted journey to ol' London 
| town - but the blatant second-class citizenship of the UK is a little hard to 
| swallow. Even more irritating than this were the group of journalists that 
| insisted on clapping along with Steve's announcements on the big screen. I 
| don't think anybody told them the satellite link didn't go two ways.     



Symbiotic: What Apple Does for Open Source

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| No amount of wealth or political power can bankrupt, buy out, or shut
| down the entire community of free and open source software
| development. That hasn't stopped Microsoft from trying however. After
| years of idle complaint that described Linux and open source in
| general as both a communist threat and a cancer, Microsoft's
| executives dialed up their efforts this year with a warning that 235
| of the company's patents were infringed upon in open source projects.
| [...]
| Among Microsoft's infamous "235 Linux patents", 45 actually relate to
| OpenOffice and 83 apply to FOSS applications not part of the Linux
| kernel or its commonly associated graphical interface code. Some of
| that code may likely be included in Mac OS X. If Microsoft attempted
| to shutdown SAMBA or projects pertaining to NTFS support for example,
| Apple could intercede to pursue peace with an influence and patent
| portfolio most FOSS developers lack.
| The reason for Apple's natural alignment behind open source isn't due
| to a halo of righteousness, but because the company is contending as a
| minority player in several markets dominated by Microsoft and the
| proprietary technologies it has established as de facto standards.
| Apple's position is identical to Linux, BSD, and other open source
| projects, giving it strong reasons to intercede on the behalf of
| victims of patent terrorism....


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