Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 14:28 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, has struck back at claims made by Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc about Windows' success in netbooks compared to Linux. Most of the claims made by LeBlanc are refuted quite accurately by Canonical's Chris Kenyon in a blog post titled "Microsoft, FUD and the netbook market".
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Comment by jpobst
by jpobst on Thu 9th Apr 2009 14:54 UTC
jpobst
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2006-09-26

It's a shame he didn't refute the most important claim: "We’ve seen Windows share on these PCs in the U.S. go from under 10% of unit sales during the first half of 2008 to 96% as of February 2009."

It would have been nice for that to be proven untrue as well.

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RE: Comment by jpobst
by kensai on Thu 9th Apr 2009 15:06 in reply to "Comment by jpobst"
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2005-12-27

It is most likely, given it is Microsoft, that they are counting pirated copies of Windows as part of their market share. So that gives them an extra boost. Also they are counting how many people buy those, not how many stayed with Windows, cause I know a lot of people wipe Windows and install Linux, I did in this laptop, even though is not a netbook.

Is interesting how the article pays attention on how Microsoft has had to cut down their windows license prices dramatically, this is in fact hurting Microsoft as a business, so even f they have 96% share of netbooks they had very little profit on that. And as a company with a big market share and not so big profit, is not a good sign for them.

I really like how Linux is giving Microsoft a hard time, and for the first time, is cutting prices of Windows for the consumers. As the article says, love or hat Ubuntu/Linux but it is helping you as a consumer.

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RE[2]: Comment by jpobst
by jpobst on Thu 9th Apr 2009 15:16 in reply to "RE: Comment by jpobst"
jpobst Member since:
2006-09-26

It is most likely, given it is Microsoft, that they are counting pirated copies of Windows as part of their market share.

I doubt that, since the article says the data is from NPD Retail Tracking Service, which tracks sales data.

Also they are counting how many people buy those, not how many stayed with Windows

Given that netbooks are available in both Windows and Linux varieties, I find it hard to believe that a significant number of people would buy the Windows one over the Linux one so they could wipe it and put Linux on it.

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RE[2]: Comment by jpobst
by Bounty on Thu 9th Apr 2009 17:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by jpobst"
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2006-09-18

Is interesting how the article pays attention on how Microsoft has had to cut down their windows license prices dramatically, this is in fact hurting Microsoft as a business, so even f they have 96% share of netbooks they had very little profit on that.


I don't see it. They basically EOL'd XP and were going to make zero on it. Now a new platform arrived that could not use Vista. They could have let linux run wild and made zero... or they can make 20$ * 96% of the netbook market for zero additional cost to produce. THEN in a couple of years stop releasing security updates for the EOL'd OS and repeat with Win7-8. It's a slaughter.

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RE[2]: Comment by jpobst
by Tom K on Thu 9th Apr 2009 21:09 in reply to "RE: Comment by jpobst"
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

Who cares if it's pirated or not? It's a choice being made by the consumer: "I don't want this Linux thing" -- so they go out and download Windows.

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