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[News] Microsoft is Out, GNU/Linux is in, Study Agrees

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Opinion: Microsoft’s out, Linux is in. Ubuntu 9.04, I hear your call…

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| A new global survey was published yesterday by IBM entitled Linux Desktop 
| Easier to Deploy Than Expected. This announcement follows another one on the 
| same day entitled Gruppo Amadori to Roll out Linux-based Desktops with IBM 
| Software to Cut Costs. Intel has also recently made a strong push toward 
| Linux for its Moblin 2.0 operating system for netbooks, a thin version of 
| Linux with a special desktop designed to make using the mobile device easy. 
| (By the way, Geek.com will have a review of Moblin 2.0 out soon.)      


Linux Desktop Stats: Wrong Question, Wrong Answers

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| The problem, as some experts have pointed out, is that the Linux distribution 
| model makes a mockery of conventional market-share reporting efforts. That's 
| not exactly hot news, either: Nearly a decade ago, critics were raising 
| exactly the same objections to similar attempts to quantify the desktop Linux 
| user base.    
| But there is a bigger problem here: Numbers like these say nothing useful 
| about when, where, or why businesses are deploying desktop Linux within their 
| organizations.  
| Another recent study, however, addresses these questions far more 
| effectively. For starters, "Linux On The Desktop: Lessons From Mainstream 
| Business Adoption," conducted by Freeform Dynamics and sponsored by IBM, 
| works with a sizable statistical sample: 1,275 IT professionals in the United 
| States, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.    



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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