Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 28th May 2003 18:28 UTC, submitted by michael
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y In what is being called "one of the largest desktop migrations to Linux ever seen", Microsoft seems to have lost a major account worth "tens of millions of euros" when the city of Munich said on Wednesday it would switch 14,000 computers from Microsoft's Windows operating system to Linux.
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RE: Linux vs Apple
by oberto on Wed 28th May 2003 22:44 UTC

I think Apple Computer could learn something from this.
People want:

"a) Cheap, Cheap and very cheap solutions."
Agree! Macs are expensive.

"b) But still retain quality."
No problem!
http://www.consumerreports.org/main/detailv3.jsp?CONTENT%3C~*~@...

"c) Most big buyers are not interested on the logo on the computer or style of the casing."

Disagree. IBM and SUSE are partnering in on this deal so when the desktops do get deployed it will be IBM boxes with SUSE Linux or another major vendor. IBM is not exactly the cheapest PC desktops or laptops out there. I personally do not know of any company that would go with a white box PC shop versus Dell, HP or IBM.

"d) Choice, being able to use whatever and not being locked into hardware, software."

Agree! I would say though that Apple's advantage is that they control the hardware and the software. Its not a minus when building a platform but its not cheap either.

This is a great win for Linux and SUSE!