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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RE[3]: Comment by jpobst
by mabhatter on Thu 9th Apr 2009 19:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by jpobst"
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"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.

Well it is RETAIL tracking, and most B&M stores gave up the Linux versions early-on because nobody knew what to do with. The major sellers of netbooks don't stock Linux version in RETAIL at all anymore.

Retail specifically excludes online sales.. it makes them look better.

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