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Re: [News] Vista Sped Up GNU/Linux Adoption (Can't Wait for Vista7!)

After takin' a swig o' grog, Erik Funkenbusch belched out
  this bit o' wisdom:

> On Thu, 29 Jan 2009 09:39:10 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> How Vista's total failure hurt Linux
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>| Once I got a good look at Vista, I knew desktop Linux was in for good times. 
>>| Vista was, and still is, a disaster of an operating system. I was right too. 
>>| When netbooks started coming out, it was Linux, not Vista, that ruled.  
>> `----
>> http://blogs.computerworld.com/how_vistas_total_failure_hurt_linux
> I notice you didn't quote these parts of the article:
> "In the meantime, though, Linux has gone from owning the netbook niche to
> no longer even holding a majority stake in it. What happened?"
> "According to Gary Marshall on Tech Radar it's because users are being
> presented with a choice between "Windows XP versus a whole bunch of
> different distributions." "

I notice you didn't quote this part of the article that immediately followed
the above:

   I don't buy that. Only a Linux fan knows the differences, or even the
   names, of the various Linux distributions on the netbooks. What a
   customer or a sales rep. knows about a netbook is what it looks like, its
   amount of RAM and storage space, and its price. That's about it.

> oh.. and this.
> "Desktop Linux has gone about as far as it can without the support of the
> broader, non-technical market."

   With the ads springing from the Linux Foundations' work, easy-to-use
   Linux distributions, and pre-installed Linux laptops and desktops, it's
   up to Linux's fans and vendors to get Linux moving forward on the desktop

> And this:
> "Windows 7, unlike Vista, will run on netbooks. Once, Windows 7 is out,
> Microsoft will go back to the business of killing off XP."
> He's all but saying Linux's opportunity in this market is shrinking and
> that once 7 comes out, it will be even worse.

No he's not.

   So why is XP making such a strong comeback? Well, I think Microsoft is
   offering some very sweet deals to the OEMs to make sure that XP gets a
   lot of play. The OEMs, who feel like Microsoft owes them after sticking
   with the Vista stink-bomb, are happy to get low-cost XP.

   Even so, Linux-powered netbooks are still cheaper than ones with XP, but
   the vendors, with the exception of Dell with its Ubuntu hardware, aren't
   doing much to promote them. Yes, everyone who's anyone in PCs now offers
   desktop Linux, but they're not advertising it. 

> This is SJVN mind you, the
> guy who claims every major OEM is shipping Linux, yet ignores most of the
> major OEM's that aren't (You know, Gateway, Toshiba, etc..) so it's not
> like he's some kind of Microsoft mouthpiece.

As opposed to yourself, of course.


The problem with most conspiracy theories is that they seem to believe that
for a group of people to behave in a way detrimental to the common good
requires intent.

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