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[News] Microsoft's Days Are Numbered, GNU/Linux Business Model Wins

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Microsoft's business model is done

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| I've been playing with one of many new systems that are hitting the market 
| which allow the user to quickly boot the machine and go directly to a small 
| version of Linux rather than wait to load Windows.  
| [...]
| Until now, the average computer user has been ignoring this trend. But the 
| economic conditions and the emergence of powerful inexpensive computing has 
| to make people rethink the Microsoft proposition.  
| If Intel can provide users with powerful little systems for $99 and has been 
| pushing prices lower and lower over the years, why can't Microsoft? Intel 
| makes elaborate hardware in billion-dollar factories. Microsoft stamps out a 
| disk.   
| This discrepancy has to end soon.



Cheap PCs Weigh on Microsoft

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| But most netbooks have less processing power than their full-featured cousins
| and can’t run high-spec versions of Windows, the world’s most widely used
| operating system. Microsoft is selling netbook makers cheaper, lighter
| versions of its operating system, but some manufacturers cut it out
| altogether by using Linux, an open-source OS. About 30% of netbooks, which
| sell for as little as $300, run a version of Linux.


One Third of Dell Inspiron Mini 9s Sold Run Linux

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| Dell attributes part of the Linux growth to competitive pricing on the Ubuntu
| SKUs. “When you look at the sweet spot for this category it is price
| sensitivity, and Linux enabled us to offer a lower price entry point,” added
| Dell senior product manager John New.



Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.

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