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Re: Linux Netbooks Eating Microsoft's Lunch

On Mon, 23 Feb 2009 17:30:09 -0800, Rex Ballard wrote:

> On Feb 20, 8:10 pm, High Plains Thumper
> <highplainsthum...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> amicus_curious wrote:
>> > High Plains Thumper wrote...
>> >>http://www.netbookdigest.com/2009/02/12/the-cold-numbers-of-microsoft...
>> >> orhttp://tinyurl.com/bb94re
>> >> [quote ....]
>> >> $75,600,000  / $150,000 per employee = ~500 developers.
>> >> Developers are the lifeblood of a software company. Microsoft’s
>> >> ability to deliver innovative products is being stung by Linux in the
>> >> netbook market. Unless Microsoft 7 is a hit, this trend will
>> >> accelerate. Unfortunately for MSFT, Windows 7’s is based off of
>> >> Vista and its cheapest version will limit users to running 3 programs
>> >> at a time. [/quote]
> Thumper has a key point here.
> It isn't whether Linux completely DOMINATES the market, but rather whether
> Linux and OSS become a threat to Microsoft's REVENUE.

Well, it seems not so much as "become a threat" but that Linux & OSS *are*
a threat. As far back as 2003 M$ warned the SEC that the company "...may
in the future be forced to lower its software prices as a result of the
growth of open source..."

"In its latest 10-Q quarterly filing (in 2003), Microsoft said that the
popularization of the open-source movement continues to pose a significant
challenge to its business model."

(This is probably why Ballmer called Linux "THE Number One Threat")


In 2005 Microsoft Executives deposed in sworn testimony before Courts, &
in every quarterly SEC filing, that Linux users made up over 17% of
all Internet users with a growth rate of >3% per annum.
(And who would know the competition better than Microsoft!)

And just in case the wintrolls like Hadron Quack etc, still cling
to their "Linux desktop is only 1%" garbage, *why* would M$ advertise for
a Director of Open Source Strategy, whose job it will be to combat Linux
on the *desktop* (not servers) if, as they claim, Linux on the desktop is
so insignificant. 


IMO this is why the likes of DFS etc troll Linux groups, to decry Linux &
put off prospective users. Their world is shrinking, & they can't or won't
adapt to other operating systems.

<Big snip>

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