Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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RE[3]: Maybe an overdue step
by jbauer on Sun 24th Oct 2010 09:13 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step"
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Keeping XP alive wasn't the clincher imho, it was the god awful Linux installations chosen by the major netbook OEMs. They were either horrifically out of date (Acer/Linpus), or completely broken (Asus/Xandros). What customers got as a result was a broken device that wouldn't do what they wanted it to do. That's what killed Linux. Dell's Ubuntu option was just too little, too late and it didn't help that Dell used the seriously out of date by then 8.04 LTS release that didn't even have Firefox 3. Linux might have worked if the OEMs hadn't turned it into a fiasco.

Oh my, a two-year-old OS. What were they thinking? That can't possibly be useful!

Perhaps when the Linux world stops living in la-la-land and finally figures out that it's insane that you can't upgrade your damn browser unless you also upgrade the whole OS, then Linux might enjoy a bit of success.

As long as the current attitude prevails and there's always someone else to blame, it's just going nowhere.

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