Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft presented the results for its second quarter of the 2010 fiscal year yesterday, which ended on December 29 2009. As it turns out, thanks to sales of Windows 7, Microsoft experienced a record quarter, which is especially welcome after the previous two lacklustre ones. It sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses during this record quarter.
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SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

You talk about Windows as if their are equal competitors in the desktop market on the same footing.

Windows competes against itself, since hardly anyone can get a foot into the desktop market with OEMs. Windows 7 is the first OS since 2001 that Windows users can properly upgrade to. This is good for Windows users, but no doubt people will treat it as, the second coming of Jesus.

Edited 2010-01-29 17:15 UTC

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

OEMs aren't the problem. This meme needs to die. The problem is simply that Linux, on a technical level, simply can't compete with Windows and OS X. I don't care how good it is in the server room, or how many developer tools it has, for everything else, it lags Windows and OS X by miles.

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Devi1903 Member since:
2009-11-05

OEMs aren't the problem. This meme needs to die. The problem is simply that Linux, on a technical level, simply can't compete with Windows and OS X. I don't care how good it is in the server room, or how many developer tools it has, for everything else, it lags Windows and OS X by miles.


Can't compete ona technical level!? Oh please really!?

Please flood us with examples of where linux lags so we can shoot them down!

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

OEMs aren't the problem. This meme needs to die. The problem is simply that Linux, on a technical level, simply can't compete with Windows and OS X. I don't care how good it is in the server room, or how many developer tools it has, for everything else, it lags Windows and OS X by miles.


Actually I use Windows 7 64-bit and Vista at work. Have used Irix, Solaris (now, that is technically superior!), OSF1 etc. Have used Windows since 3.0. Use Mac OS X on my shiny new Macbook Pro 17". Use Ubuntu for a lot of my consulting work. I have to say that each of these are perfectly usable (and the recent Ubuntu 9.10 is slick and a joy to use). In fact, there are plenty of things that Ubuntu has that I miss when I use OS X. I disagree with your statement.

Also, who really cares about marketshare? Certainly marketing weenies. I think Solaris is an excellent fit for many heavy applications and certainly is vastly superior to Windows Server in uptimes and certain design aspects (you have to reboot your Windows Server more than once per decade? what a joke).

who is retarded enough to say, "Oh, Solaris has a tiny market share, it must be crap, don't use it". Marketshare is for d!ck-swinging comparisons intended for people who aren't technical enough to make intelligent technological comparisons. The "Bob and Joe down in the mail department are using Windows 7, so I should use it too" mentality.

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hackus Member since:
2006-06-28

Agreed.

Windows is by definition a monopoly. Saying it is a success would beg the question compared to what?

I mean, if you have no competitors in a market segment, claiming a profit success is really, well hardly surprising.

You never need genius to be outstanding in a monopoly market. IN the USA, you just need to make enough money to keep the government on the Dole (pay off the right people) and keep a casual eye on the market. (The next step after a monopoly is fascism...which has come to America now in so many ways.)

Just on a off topic, we are seeing the final pieces being assembled by the open source community to make Linux a viable desktop.

The final missing piece for Linux is open graphics hardware, to break onto the desktop. Those pieces will be assembled in the next 2 years.

If ATI continues its path toward opening up the hardware so that source code can be worked on it for 3D functions, it will succeed.

The open source community also has a backup, which is the open graphics project. They are working on open sourcing the hardware. For 2D and 3D acceleration coming later.

From that point on, games will come to Linux, and since games is what the largest application segment for Windows is, Linux should be able to attract the same market.

Windows 7 looks like a decent OS (used the beta for about 2 hours.), but the only reason why I use Windows is to waste time. (i.e. fixing some elses problems, or playing games.)

I certainly can't imagine it being used in any serious way to be useful, without investing huge amounts of money into it.

-Hack

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