Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:02 UTC, submitted by flanque
Microsoft "Red Flag Linux has turned out to be little more than a key bargaining chip in a high stakes game of commerce between the Chinese government and the world's largest software maker. Thanks to some major concessions on source code and a precipitous price drop, the Chinese government has now thoroughly embraced Windows and Office. And thanks to a major about-face in the way that it deals with piracy, Microsoft has also won over the Chinese people."
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Well...
by Timmmm on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:21 UTC
Timmmm
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2006-07-25

Linux still isn't ready for general unadministered use by the public, so this isn't that much a surprise. Still, good that it could be used to cut into Microsoft's monopoly a bit.

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RE: Well...
by archiesteel on Sun 29th Jul 2007 19:26 in reply to "Well..."
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Linux still isn't ready for general unadministered use by the public


This is a matter of opinion. One could say the same thing about Windows.

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by Duffman on Mon 30th Jul 2007 06:39 in reply to "RE: Well..."
Duffman Member since:
2005-11-23

lol, just tell me who (out of the linux zealots).

Windows is used since 20 years by the public, Microsoft has nothing to prove here ...

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by dsmogor on Mon 30th Jul 2007 11:44 in reply to "RE: Well..."
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2005-09-01

That's why it's perfect fit for "adminitrations" ;)

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by PJBonoVox on Wed 1st Aug 2007 12:01 in reply to "RE: Well..."
PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

Totally a matter of opinion. Unfortunately for you, most people would agree with the OP's opinion, including me.

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Wishfull thinking dont work.
by Moulinneuf on Mon 30th Jul 2007 00:20 in reply to "Well..."
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"Linux still isn't ready for general unadministered use by the public"

Right , because only defense contractor , high level server administrator , engineer and doctorate programmer , use it , they are the only one who can use it if one listen to your nonsense.

Dell , HP , Acer , ETC ... would not ship it in desktop offer if it was not ready.

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PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

They'll withdraw it when they realise.

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RE: Well...
by jessta on Mon 30th Jul 2007 08:40 in reply to "Well..."
jessta Member since:
2005-08-17

It's not a problem with GNULinux, it's a problem with the fact that in a Microsoft monoploy not running microsoft products puts you at a disadvantage in interoperating with other users,developers,manufacturers because they expect that you are running Microsoft products too.

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by dsmogor on Mon 30th Jul 2007 11:46 in reply to "RE: Well..."
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Only Chinese with they DIY logic and growing resources could break that magic ring. Given their bargaining power and own industry they were positioned to literally force MS only companies to cooperate, if only the went linux big time. That would be the real critical mass for linux market.
Apparently Chinese didn't find that beneficial or feasible.
This is what makes this setback so damaging.
Knowing that I guess MS would even agree to pay them $70 for every copy of Windows used and have guarantee of Ballmer kissing Hu JinTao ass every week written in contract.
This year won't definitely be the year of Desktop linux.

Edited 2007-07-30 12:01

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RE: Well...
by raver31 on Tue 31st Jul 2007 15:00 in reply to "Well..."
raver31 Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree, and I use Linux 100% of my time on my own computers.

Linux has a lot further to go to be something for Joe Public.

HOWEVER... A rule of point is never to believe anything CNET says :p

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