Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jul 2009 21:07 UTC
Windows The browser saga between Microsoft, the EU, and various browser makers just got a new chapter. We all know how the EU and Microsoft are in a legal tussle over the inclusion of Internet Explorer with Windows. Microsoft surprised everyone in June by announcing that Windows 7 would ship without Internet Explorer in Europe, a move it had hoped would silence the EU. The EU and Opera, however, were not impressed, and now Microsoft has caved in to the pressure.
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RE: How about an OS option?
by rajan r on Tue 28th Jul 2009 22:00 UTC in reply to "How about an OS option?"
rajan r
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2005-07-27

Whatever you say may be true some 5-6 years back, but I point you to the settlement Microsoft had with the DoJ, which includes a prohibition on the very OEM deals you accuse Microsoft of.

If you have *any* compeling evidence that Microsoft is engaging in this, maybe drop the DoJ an email or two with them. I'm sure the Obama administration isn't too shy in taking on Microsoft for breaking its settlement with the Department of Justice.

I posit another explanation: it doesn't make commercial sense for OEMs to sell computers with Linux when so few customers will bother getting them with it. If it is a regular customer, the average profile of a Linux user is someone who is geeky - and thus less likely to buy from a large OEM - and therefore defeating the purpose of having the Linux option. The other likely market is organizations - preinstalled anything isn't going to appeal or sway many of them.

Building drivers and giving support can be a bitch too.

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