Linked by David Adams on Fri 12th Aug 2011 03:50 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft no longer thinks Linux poses a threat to its desktop Windows business. Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller pointed out via Twitter how Microsoft has changed the boilerplate "Competition" section in its last two annual financial filings with the SEC.
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by TechGeek on Fri 12th Aug 2011 19:46 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Successful"
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If anyone truly thought Linux was a threat on a non-power user's desktop, I have a bridge to sell.
I use nothing but Linux, and while it would be nice to not have to fix a virus infested computer 1 to 2 times a year, I also don't want a "My [insert bullshit here] doesn't look 100% like it does on windows. Put it back." call every other week either. I don't use windows, but I don't push Linux either.

I wanted to comment because all you hear on websites are the people that hate Gnome 3, Unity, KDE 4. There are those of us who actually enjoy one of the above (or more than one), we just generally don't toss our preferences around like they are candy.

My analogy was pretty bad (my apologies), but it was the only thing I could think of that wasn't a car analogy.

You know, I hear this argument all the time and I just have to laugh. Most people can't run Windows without it getting completely hosed. So aside from a diminishing number of software titles, why exactly do consumers need Windows? They would do equally well with a Linux box without the problem of the machine getting completely hosed.

I think Microsoft downgraded Linux as a threat not because Linux has gotten worse somehow, but because the desktop OS paradigm is shifting. More people are doing their work on their mobile devices. Largely that means iOS and Android. Hence, Apple and Google are now the threats.

Edited 2011-08-12 19:47 UTC

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