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[News] What GNU/Linux Dominance on the Server Means to the Desktop

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The Path To Linux Desktop Domination Is Through The Clouds

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| I know purists in the Free Software world may not agree with me. Like Richard 
| Stallman, they will argue that Cloud based services are proprietary blackhole 
| and it should be avoided at all cost. Being an insider (an ardent supporter 
| of Free Software), I have a question to my fellow Free Software enthusiasts 
| and evangelists. Did we ever worry about the code that went into the 
| integrated chips that were part of the machines on which we ran our Free 
| Software Didn’t we abstract it out as hardware and not bother about the 
| proprietary code, design, etc. inside them? Why can’t we do the same with 
| Cloud based services? Why can’t we abstract out the software, offered as a 
| service, and worry about other important things like Open Formats, Data 
| Ownership, Data Portability, etc.? Why can’t we abstract out the Cloud 
| Storage service and see if we can manage our data using Open Protocols on 
| them? Yes, We Can. If we accept this kind of abstraction in Cloud Services 
| and embrace it, we can also make Linux the dominant Desktop OS.             


“Analysts sell out - that’s their business model… But they are very concerned
that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very
prickly to work with.”

                                –Microsoft, internal document



Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."


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