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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politics and stuff...
by mopar on Thu 29th May 2003 03:09 UTC

macroscam, whoops, I mean microsoft represents everything that I believe American economics is not all about. Starting a company and winning market share by bringing out a more desireable product and having CUSTOMERS go out and BUY/CHOOSE it is the free market way- not back room deals, preloads, and running small software companies out of business because of jealousy over their better, more innovative ideas.

ms is responsible for a giant hole in our economy, and the rest of the world's, probably also. I would like to see ms go away or die, and the gap be filled with several smaller hardware and software companies. That way, we could have more choice in how we run our computers, just like we choose how to use our stereos, appliances, phones, skateboards, cars, etc... every area of our lives, but not so much for computing life. You remember the '80s, when you could buy one of several software packages, which could then be run on several hardware platforms?

Governments, companies, and individuals are going to soon start to realize that having a choice is important, because you cannot trust one software company, or one source of any commodity, to be good to you and have your best interests in mind at all times. When one screws you, go to the other. That is the greatest gift of the free market system to us.