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Re: [News] GNU/Linux Breaks Microsoft Invincibility Myths

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Sinister Midget <phydeaux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> On 2006-07-15, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> posted something concerning:
>> The Microsoft Invincibility Myth
>> ,----[ Small fragment ]
>>| The leaves Microsoft with an increasingly unattractive market; the
>>| majority of desktop PCs are competing fiercely to deliver low prices. As
>>| PC prices drop below $500, it becomes increasingly difficult to hide a
>>| substantial Windows license fee in the mix. That means Microsoft will havet
>>| o lower their prices or face the threat of losing those low end desktops
>>| to Linux.
>> `----
> Losing _THEIR_ low end desktops? I didn't know they sold any. Low end
> software? Yes. Low class products? Yes. Desktops? Not that I recall
> hearing about.
>> http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/Home/C91CCB7E-A668-4B0A-ABB6-98840AC8A317.html
> Once the low end machines go, the higher ones can't be too far ahead
> (not behind - the higher end ones should be leading the parade in
> fairly short order).

Microsoft would appear to have three specific niches at considerable
penetration;  low/mid-range office server(s); corporate & government
desktop; and home desktop.  They have negligible presence in
super-computing, high-end servers, a limited presence in web-servers,
and a limited presence on mobile devices of various kinds (PDAs, Phones,
cameras, and so on).  

Their penetration into the areas in which they're weak is not looking
all that fantastic, and they'll losing ground in the home desktop, and
in cash-strapped office environments, like schools, governments, and so
on, who cannot justify the huge cost of Microsoft licences and lock-in.
They're also losing badly in the low/mid range office server
environment, were it not for their lock-ins between exchange, desktop
and samba (or whatever MS call their file servers), they'd have lost
this space far more quickly. 

This is why they'll do anything but comply with either the US or the EU
governments - it's their death knell if they do.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
Backed up the system lately?

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