Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 14:28 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has struck back at claims made by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc about Windows' success in netbooks compared to Linux. Most of the claims made by LeBlanc are refuted quite accurately by Canonical's Chris Kenyon in a blog post titled "Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market".
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Microsoft tax: Who's counting?
by czayas on Fri 10th Apr 2009 00:51 UTC
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In my country, when you want to buy a computer you have limited choice concerning the OS. There are only some netbooks with Linux, those with limited hardware specs. All the desktops and notebooks (and the best netbooks) come with Windows.

I wanted the best hardware I could afford, so I was forced to pay the Microsoft tax for my HP desktop, my Toshiba notebook and more recently for my beloved Acer Aspire One netbook (A150X) that I am using right now. I replaced the Vistas and the XP with Ubuntu. I also replaced XP with Mandriva on my Mom's desktop. I also have built myself a desktop PC with Ubuntu on it. This is one happy Windows-free family.

I am sure my case is not unusual. It should be great if there were some kind of accurate OS census.

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