Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Dec 2009 20:21 UTC, submitted by OSGuy
Hardware, Embedded Systems Earlier this month, Psystar suspended all sales of its hardware products, honouring the court's decision which favoured Apple. This week, Psystar has also temporarily halted sales of Rebel EFI while the former clone maker confirms the tool's legality with the court. Psystar also announced it will continue hardware sales in the coming days - with Linux rather than Mac OS X.
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Microsoft attacking the GPL?
by Anonymous Penguin on Wed 30th Dec 2009 18:00 UTC
Anonymous Penguin
Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't see much point in Microsoft attacking OSS.
Operating systems? Linux committed suicide in many ways and Microsoft won with Windows 7, end of story.
OpenOffice? Yes, that might be a problem, but most people don't need much more than a word processor anyway.
Firefox? Yes, that caused IE to lose market share, but it was unavoidable (think for instance the EU wanting competition).

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Ed W. Cogburn Member since:
2009-07-24

Operating systems? Linux committed suicide in many ways and Microsoft won with Windows 7, end of story.


If the story was only desktops then you'd be right (at least for now).

However, whats got Ballmer throwing chairs and making threats, e.g. accusing Linux of violating MS patents, is the continuing advance of Linux and the *BSD OSes on the Internet as servers. Thats what MS would like to monopolize next, but alas, there's now a fat-n-happy little penguin and a cute little red-deviled daemon standing in their way.

I feel sorry for Ballmer's office furniture...

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Thats what MS would like to monopolize next, but alas, there's now a fat-n-happy little penguin and a cute little red-deviled daemon standing in their way.


You do realise that Windows Server is actually doing very well? It is one of the divisions within Microsoft making a lot of money, and Server releases have received lots of praise.

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systyrant Member since:
2007-01-18

Linux has not committed suicide. Windows 7 is a nice OS, but it's not a Linux killer. It's just new and shiny at the moment.

I personally use Linux on the desktop, OpenOffice as my office app, and firefox as my main browser.

Lastly, if Linux and Apple hadn't gained market share do you think Windows 7 would exist as a good OS? If it had not been for Firefox do you think IE would be past version 6 yet or that it would adhere to any common web standards? As for OpenOffice I know of at least a few companies who used it to get really good deals on MS Office.

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Anonymous Penguin Member since:
2005-07-06

I am not against OpenOffice or Firefox. In fact I wrote that they are a concern to Microsoft.
Let's make the following clear: I am not a Microsoft shill (as my nick should suggest) and I do not believe that Linux and OS X can be compared in any way. What keeps OS X from gaining a much larger market share is that you can't (normally) buy it and install on any PC (even if countless thousands of people in fact do).
I didn't say that Windows 7 is a Linux killer, but I said that Linux committed suicide. At the time of Mandrake 9.xx, SUSE 8.xx and Libranet I believed that Linux had a glorious future on the desktop.
Here we are, almost 8 years later and the Linux community has done all sort of mistakes, especially bad when they missed the opportunity to gain a much larger market share thanks to the huge Vista fiasco.
It is now much more fashionable than in the past to try Linux (or should I say Ubuntu?), but at least 90% of people who try go back to Windows or OS X in no time.
In the past people who tried Linux were much more motivated, and the percentage of those going back to Windows was much smaller.

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