Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 21:26 UTC
Microsoft Linux isn't a threat to Windows on the desktop and is losing steam on the server as customers separate the operating system from the development model, according to Microsoft's chief platform strategist. Bill Hilf, general manager of competitive strategy at Microsoft, said pundits have predicted for years that Linux will gain momentum on the desktop, but that won't happen because of the complexity involved in delivering a tightly integrated and tested desktop product.
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by elzurawka on Sat 24th Jun 2006 16:10 UTC
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I dont know how the Open Source comunity feels about ads, but i know i see a Microsoft add atleast once a day, either billboards downtown, a magazine, or TV.
I know its expensive, but you need to get word out to the masses. Tell them flat out, tired of paying X hundred dollars for Windows? B4 you buy Vista, go to and see what you can get for free instead!

i know that this probobobly cant happen for simple monitary reasons...but i think its really the only way that your going to get people to try it out.
Most people that i talk to dont really even know what linux is, and if they do, they dont know nething about it. Most people are i like, "i heard some one say that b4, but i dont really know what it is" and if you tell them about it they are usually interested, and think its a good idea.

Just get everyone to go to the site, and get a live cd/DVD. Try it out, and if u like it, hit the "Install Now" button on your desktop.

I dont think you will ever grow quickly without getting word out to the masses, and the only way to get it out quickly is with advertising.

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