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Re: Microsoft Sabotage Sales of PC's Without Operating System

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The Ghost In The Machine <ewill@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
>  wrote
> on Mon, 22 May 2006 09:26:40 +0100
>> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Monday 22 May 2006 07:13 \__
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>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>> This is not a new story, but I don't think it ever reached COLA. I think
>>>> it's extremely important and on topic.
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>| "Microsoft has urged UK PC vendors not to give customers the opportunity
>>>>| to buy a PC without a pre-installed operating system...We want to urge
>>>>| all system builders...not to supply naked PCs. It is a risk to your
>>>>| customers and a risk to your business -- with specifically 5 percent
>>>>| fewer opportunities to market software and services"
>>>> `----
>>>>                         http://news.zdnet.co.uk/0,39020330,39261437,00.htm
>>> Wow, Microsoft are getting desperate indeed.  The bubble is, about to
>>> burst.  The time is right for someone here to approach the PC vendors
>>> with Linux and Freedos installs.  We could offer a dual boot :-)
>> Hmmm... same cost, add value. Could become a top-seller for any vendor/OEM to
>> rave about. Very much like Boot Camp [1] on the Mac, emphasised by the
>> emergence of the MacBook Pro [2].
>> Roy
>> [1] http://www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp/
>> [2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE1XQyT_IbA&feature=Views&page=2&t=t&f=b
>> Streaming Flash VIDEO: New black MacBook running Ubuntu, WinXP, and MacOS all
>> at the same time.
> The problem with dualboots is that it introduces an additional layer of
> complexity.  People prefer simplicity, and for many that simplicity
> means Microsoft Windows, as they're unaware of Linux.

I tend to agree with that, but I think this will manifest itself in
people buying appliances rather than computers as time goes on.  I
suspect that the PS3 will herald a huge change in this market, assuming
that Sony do what they promised, which is supply it with working Linux.
How many people will need a PC then?

> And it's a pity because Linux is, AFAICT, much simpler. :-)  Especially
> when it comes to malware issues.


| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't
be cured.
		-- Anton Chekhov, "The Cherry Orchard"

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