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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 10:24:53 -0600
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On 2009-01-25, ZnU <znu@fake.invalid> wrote:
> In article <EXNel.102870$626.48501@newsfe09.ams2>,
>  The Lost Packet <> wrote:
>> Rjack wrote:
>> > Rjack wrote:


>> if they were an abject failure then /nobody/ would be using them.
>> I suggest you look at the Linux installed base for such things as:
>> PDAs
>> cellphones
>> digital satellite/cable receivers & DVRs
>> GPS systems
>> mp3 players
>> routers
>> network attached storage systems
>> web servers
>> supercomputers
>> ...and then compare that with proprietery installed base for same.
>> Get back to us with some real numbers, or I say you are full of shit.
> Why is it that in so many COLA discussions, people who are very 
> obviously discussing the *desktop market* have to constantly remind 
> Linux advocates of that fact?

    Perhaps because it's pretty irrelevant.

    Linux is in wide use so no one has to worry about it "going anywhere".
Furthermore, success in some non-desktop market might "spill over". This
has already happened with one very prominent example: 


     The success of Apple in an area that's NOT desktop computing basically
helped bring them back from the brink of oblivion and has put them in the
center of the technological universe. So fixating only on the information
you find convenient is not only not logical, it is also contrary to the
real world.

     Plus, this sort of "fatally low marketshare" hasn't hurt Linux yet.

     So it's obviously a meaningless metric.

     The Linux in my PMP makes that PMP less hostile to Linux or a Mac
or whatever else may come along. That embedded Linux even makes that 
PMP more straightforward to work with in Windows.

     Apple: Because a large harddrive is for power users.
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