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Re: [News] Most Desirable Gifts and Linux-based Gadgets

____/ 7 on Friday 23 November 2007 20:42 : \____

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Kindle, Eee PC top Amazon.com 'most wanted' list
>> ,----[ Quote]
>> | Ironically, perhaps, it was the N810 that was the only meachine ahead of
>> | the Eee PC in Amazon.com's list of best-selling notebooks. Even though
>> | the N810 isn't a notebook, in the true, computery sense of the word.
>> `----
>> http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/11/22/eee_pc_americas_most_wanted/
> I went into ASDA (WallMart) today and looked through the electronics
> section. Dollar for Dollar, there was many orders of magnitude more
> Linux products the company was selling than any other rival OS based
> products.
> The Linux kernel and open source has become truly ubiquitous and profitable
> for a very large number of companies.

According to Rick Lehrbaum and others in LinuxDevices.com, it's safe to say
that Linux has become the /de facto/ codebase to use in so many areas
(including those that displace yesterday's 'desktop'). Sadly, for Linux,
there's no multi-billion-dollar company to run around posting advertisements
like "GNU wins", "OSS rules" and "Linux makes big dollars". The whole business
model and philosophy is different, so Linux grows /quietly/. It needn't game
stats or cook the books, either (unlike a certain other company that is
running scared and calls Linux its number one threat when nobody's looking...
in SEC filings).

Linux has already won, but not everyone knows this yet. Microsoft pretty much
knows it, so it tries those stupid patent deals 'with' bribed companies like
Novell. It's hoping to change the rules and change some laws around the world
(which it does sometimes). Not so long ago, Bill Gates blackmailed the Danish
government in his attempts to make software patentable (it's not, and it
should never be, according to Gates in 1991).

The SCO manoeuvre failed, but it bought Microsoft 4 years of FUD. It didn't
take good advantage of that period of time because Linux continued to grow
(despite bogus allegations).

As a last resort, Microsoft will behave like people on this planet who have
absolutely nothing to lose.

Sun exec accuses Microsoft of 'patent terrorism'

,----[ Quote ]
| The efforts of Microsoft to pressure the Linux community over alleged and 
| unspecified patents is akin to "patent terrorism", according to a local 
| executive for Sun Microsystems.  


Microsoft, the art of Corporate Terrorism.

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft, no longer the technological leader in the Computer Desktop
| market, is taking on a terrorist role in its attempt remain in power
| at all costs. (see the link to the CNN story below)
| The tactic is intended to frighten current, and would be, free 
| software users away from products that Microsoft just can't compete
| with. It's not a new tactic, but for the first time desperation is
| beginning to show.


Convicted Monopolist Terrorizes Software Industry

,----[ Quote ]
| That headline is designed to grab your attention. Sensationalistic as
| it may be, it also happens to be true, if what you mean by 'terrorize'
| is to provoke fear.
| If you've been following the presidential race in the United States,
| you know the present crop of candidates have been exploiting the fear
| of the American people as they never have before in the history of
| the country.


Who is the world's biggest patent troll?

,----[ Quote ]
| In two consecutive days, The Wall Street Journal presented two different 
| answers. The first is not surprising: Intellectual Ventures, the brainchild 
| of ex-Microsoft executive Nathan Myhrvold. It's now out "to raise as much as 
| $1 billion to help develop and patent inventions, many of them from 
| universities in Asia."   


                ~~ Best of wishes

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