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Re: The H Looks at the GNU/Linux Desktop

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____/ High Plains Thumper on Saturday 13 Aug 2011 04:37 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> A foundation for the desktop â one apple, two ideas
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>> The story of the free software desktop is littered with what-ifs and
>>> might-have-beens. The desktop has been 'good enough' for years, and
>>> can boast some considerable success stories, but has yet to make a
>>> significant breakthrough.
>>> On the face of it, the free software desktop should be an easy choice.
>>> The average GNU/Linux desktop costs little, looks good and performs
>>> well, and offers a real opportunity to break the upgrade cycle. Cost,
>>> security, scalability and versatility are persuasive arguments for the
>>> free desktop, but other factors have worked against the uptake of
>>> Linux at the corporate level.
>>> Inertia among users is usually given as the reason and users are made
>>> to take the blame, but perhaps there are simpler explanations. The
>>> desktop has been left in the hands of the Linux companies, and the
>>> Linux companies are many and small.
>> `----
>> http://www.h-online.com/open/features/A-foundation-for-the-desktop-one-
> apple-two-ideas-1318177.html
> The one thing that is missing from this article is the anticompetitive
> actions against Linux and competing software companies to promote and
> maintain Microsoft technologies, as summarised in:
> http://www.ecis.eu/documents/Finalversion_Consumerchoicepaper.pdf
> [quote]
>    Microsoftâs conduct has allowed it to protect its monopolies, which
> has led to a lack of choice, higher prices, and less innovation than
> would otherwise have prevailed in a competitive marketplace. The barriers
> to entry surrounding Microsoftâs core monopolies remain very high,
> and Microsoftâs market shares and profit margins in desktop operating
> systems, office productivity suites, and browsers have continued to
> reflect its overwhelming monopoly power in these markets.[148] In short,
> Microsoftâs misconduct has harmed and continues to harm consumers
> significantly.
>    A. Microsoftâs Operating System Monopoly Has Harmed Consumers
> For fifteen years, Microsoftâs share of desktop operating systems has
> remained above 90%.[149] In 2002, when the Final Judgment in United
> States v. Microsoft was entered, Windows XP was the most common desktop
> operating system.[150] Microsoft did not release a successor to Windows XP
> until 2007, when it released Windows Vista.[151] Even then, the âVistaâ
> that Microsoft released lacked the most significant features that
> Microsoft had initially promised, and reviewers labeled it as little more
> than an incremental improvement.[152] CNet News, a leading computer
> industry publication, ranked Microsoftâs Windows Vista in its âTop Ten
> Terrible Tech Products.â[153] Even Microsoft recognizes that its
> stronghold on operating systems has harmed consumers:
>       The Windows API is ... so deeply embedded in the source code of
>       many Windows apps that there is a huge switching cost to using a
>       different operating system instead. ... It is this switching cost
>       that has given customers the patience to stick with Windows through
>       all our mistakes, our buggy drivers, our high TCO, our lack of a
>       sexy vision at times, and many other difficulties... Customers
>       constantly evaluate other desktop platforms, [but] it would be so
>       much work to move over that they hope we just improve Windows
>       rather than force them to move. In short, without this exclusive
>       franchise called the Windows API, we would have been dead a long
>       time ago.[154]
>    Microsoftâs tactics to prolong its operating system monopoly through
> means other than competition on the merits go hand-in-hand with its
> admitted lack of innovation.
> 154. EC Decision, supra note 52, Â 463 (citing an internal Microsoft memo
> drafted for Bill Gates by C++ General Manager Aaron Contorer and dated
> Feb. 21, 1997).
> [/quote]

I don't think the article delves into these issues as they would 
complicate the article. The author is a known strong critic
of Microsoft.

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		~~ Best of wishes

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