____/ William Poaster on Thursday 22 May 2008 13:10 : \____
> On Thu, 22 May 2008 09:32:08 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> ____/ Andrew Halliwell on Thursday 22 May 2008 08:44 : \____
>>> Moshe. Goldfarb <brick.n.straw@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> As for Microsoft's operating system, it must really hurt you Linux
>>>> *advocates* that Vista passed Linux in desktop market share within a
>>>> couple of months of it's release.
>>> Hah, though it's likely what with all the new machines sold, how do you
>>> know how many are still running it?
>>> Hell, even my machine counts towards the vista stats. And the first
>>> thing I did when I got it home was nuke and install ubuntu. How many
>>> more did that... or the more common nuke and install XP? How many
>>> machines registered as vista sales still run it?
>> How many registered people with Vista machines are still running? ;-)
> ..Vista passed Linux in desktop market share within a
> couple of months of it's release.
> This is probably bogus anyway, as M$ shipped their products to the retail
> stores & counted as *sold*. OEMs did the same thing. Then the retail store
> is lumbered with the stuff when it *doean't* sell. An example is the DSG
> group who lost £20million ($39,668,710.51) & blamed it squarely on M$'s
> Mark Webb, a spokesman for the group, is quoted as saying that: "Vista
> just didn't capture the imagination as much as previous versions of
> Windows. We've not seen the huge rush that we would have hoped for."
> He also said *very* that few people were buying boxed copies of Vista,
> feeling it was hardly worth upgrading from XP. The weedy OS overhaul also
> hit sales of new PCs, the company complained.
> It could be some time before *that* retailer is stung by M$ again.
An important point worth making is that Munchkins argue not all Linux downloads
become installations. That's correct. Sometimes, when deployed in a classroom,
for example, one download makes *many* installations. On the other hand, when
people are *forced* to *buy* an O/S (e.g. Vista) it often gets removed.
~~ Best of wishes
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