Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:17 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries.
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Cheaper won't matter for Linux
by kragil on Wed 25th Feb 2009 10:32 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Linux has it own strengths and has a insane speed of innovation. Both 7 and 10.6 won't offer much to normal consumers, except better resource usage. That is something you get on Linux today.

With more and more companies (Google, Intel, HP etc.) pouring R&D into the Linux ecosystem it will be very hard to compete for MS and Apple in the long run. Especially with the clear trend for smaller and cheaper internet devices.

No OS does Internet (on different devices) better than Linux.

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Temcat Member since:
2005-10-18

No OS does Internet (on different devices) better than Linux.

Uhm, no. In reality, Linux (if used as a collective name for today's desktop Linux distributions) doesn't do Internet very well even on regular PCs. Wireless can still be a problem (though much less than before, thanks to the kernel driver improvements). Dial-up is supported very poorly (yes, many people do still use dialup, some full time, some as a fallback when other options don't work or aren't available). VPN capability (critical for home broadband in some regions such as Russia) isn't provided out of the box while being a question of installing a couple of supporting packages for NetworkManager.

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kragil Member since:
2006-01-04

For new distros and especially new devices those aren't issues.

No sane person installs the OS themselves. OSnews readers do that .. normal people don't.

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interval Member since:
2009-02-25

No OS does Internet (on different devices) better than Linux. Uhm, no. In reality, Linux (if used as a collective name for today's desktop Linux distributions) doesn't do Internet very well even on regular PCs. Wireless can still be a problem (though much less than before, thanks to the kernel driver improvements). Dial-up is supported very poorly (yes, many people do still use dialup, some full time, some as a fallback when other options don't work or aren't available). VPN capability (critical for home broadband in some regions such as Russia) isn't provided out of the box while being a question of installing a couple of supporting packages for NetworkManager.


Uhm, no. In reality, Linux (I don't really care what Distro you use) does internet supremely well, much better than windows, especially in the realm of stability. What it has lacked in the past is useability, but that is rapidly changing. In Ubuntu Hardy Heron (the latest, I believe) my ralink wifi adapter works right out of the first installation. The version before (forget the name) required installation of external drivers and command line configuration. Thats ONE version iteration, which speaks to the pace of Linux development. Dial-up has always been supported, once again the failing factor was useability, not lack.
VPN has always been excellent considering it was Unix R&D that invented it, and doesn't cost anything. Similar packages (until recently when once again OSS came to the rescue) for Windows used to be very expensive.

Please speak of these matters using FACTS, sir.

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pedrobl Member since:
2009-02-26

Bingo!! I completely agree with you, kragil. The revolution has begun! ;)

More and more public administrations are seeing the advantages. Just recently, the UK government:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7910110.stm

Big win! How long until the general public does the same thing? I don't think it'll be very long.

Pedro.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Big win! How long until the general public does the same thing? I don't think it'll be very long.

Pedro.


I don't know about that ... there are little wins springing up more and more often ...

http://blogs.eweek.com/storage_station/content/general/userful_thin...

... but one doesn't hear about them much in the popular press.

Sometimes when there is a Linux win the press coverage about it only mentions "PCs":

http://www.futuregov.net/articles/2009/feb/18/worlds-largest-virtua...

(This is the same event as the first link above).

It will propbably take quite some time yet before Linux becomes common knowledge.

Edited 2009-02-26 01:10 UTC

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