Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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Let's get of the box for a minute:
by Donny_S on Tue 4th Dec 2007 21:23 UTC
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This article assumes a world of desktop "ball and chain" boxes or devices. The real competitive power of free software is that it allows independent developers to use an OS as just another enabling base for apps to run where the distros can be totally custom and run from a USB key or multisession DVD. The independent free software developer can talk to everyone else.

Apparently the tacit position of the US government is protection of it's domestic high-tech industry from competition. Devices like the eeePC and other hardware won't see the American consumer without some sort of racketeering tariff-like tieup with component choke points intented to barr the independent developer.

Honda looks to have a similar situation with its American jet engine business. Without a tieup they would probably never get the requisite approvals needed to sell here. And the American politicians in control of the approval process are in position to run the racketeering schemes from 40,000 feet up.

But yeah Win-V is a hardware "power soak" for the sake of such to help Intel sell more chips at huge premiums while bleeding the board makers dry. Win-V is past the point of diminishing returns for most any mass-market non-tech user. And yeah it doesn't work very well either.

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