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Anti-Linux Propaganda du Jour: Windows Owns 96% Of Netbooks

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| The anti-Linux propaganda du jour, being dutifully parroted by "news" 
| publications everywhere, is that Windows now owns 96% of the netbook market, 
| and that Linux netbooks are returned four times more than windows netbooks. 
| Both are untrue and have been debunked repeatedly. Yet they persist-- why?   
| I think Microsoft is growing increasingly desperate, and in hard economic 
| times is finding equally desperate publications who will say anything for a 
| few bucks. Which may be a harsh judgment, but I would rather believe that 
| than believe they simply don't care to do even the simplest, most basic 
| fact-checking, or are such hard-core Microsoft fanboys that they are only 
| pretending to be journalists when they are really stringers for Microsoft's 
| marketing department. How else can we explain the same nonsense repeated 
| endlessly, their allergies to saying "Windows" and "malware" in the same 
| sentence, the short shrift given to non-Windows software, the mind-boggling 
| assumption that Windows is computing?          


Having FUD With Facts

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| I don't own a netbook and I don't run Linux on any computers. I do, however, 
| follow news about both and try to stay informed. So when I saw this item 
| about how Microsoft, in one year, has virtually pushed Linux out of the 
| netbook OS market by grabbing a 96 percent share, I was so dumbfounded I 
| couldn't write about it. I just couldn't get my head around that fact. It 
| didn't make any sense to me, but there it was, according to market research 
| firm NPD Group.      
| [...]
| In her blog, Carla goes on to make an impassioned and stirring plea for 
| computer users to rise up and break free of Microsoft's market shackles. 
| Except now I feel like a tool for running Microsoft on a desktop and two 
| laptops. So here is my vow: My next computer will run Linux. I just gotta do 
| some homework first.    
| You opened my eyes, Carla. I owe you one.



Microsoft hit with €9m fine over German pricing

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| The German competition authority, the BundesKartellamt, has fined Microsoft
| €9m for colluding with retailers to set the price of "Office Home and Student
| 2007".



Crimes Microsoft Gets Away With - So Far

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| News publications are cautious about making accusations, and because of that,
| some nasty acts of Microsoft are essentially being erased from the record.
| [...]
| Microsoft convinced Baystar Capital to put $50 Million dollars into SCO's
| lawsuit against IBM and other Open Source users, and promised to "backstop"
| Baystar's investment if SCO lost money, according to this sworn testimony.
| But I'm told that one person's testimony, even sworn testimony, isn't proof.

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