Linked by timl on Sun 5th Jun 2011 16:25 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft and Nvidia have an agreement in place that spells out terms relating to a possible acquisition of the graphics and mobile processor manufacturer, regulatory documents indicate. The deal gives Microsoft the exclusive right to match any offer for 30% or more of Nvidia's outstanding shares by a third-party." The agreement appears to be over 10 years old, dating back to the time of the contract for the GPU of the original X-Box. It has likely gained relevance again now that Microsoft allegedly wants to more closely control hardware of tablets running its upcoming Windows 8 OS.
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RE[3]: Only one real concern
by ricegf on Mon 6th Jun 2011 14:59 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Only one real concern"
ricegf
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2007-04-25

Microsoft claimed Linux holds 5% of the desktop market share in 2008, which may have been the result of their research or may have been an anti-DOJ smokescreen (among other possibilities).

If the former, that's enough market share to justify continuing the driver development.

If the latter, then driver development would be a nice continuation of the smoke screen.

Either way, if Microsoft were to invoke the agreement, it may well be the Obama administration's stance toward their monopoly that would drive the decision.

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RE[4]: Only one real concern
by lemur2 on Wed 8th Jun 2011 04:41 in reply to "RE[3]: Only one real concern"
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2007-02-17

Microsoft claimed Linux holds 5% of the desktop market share in 2008, which may have been the result of their research or may have been an anti-DOJ smokescreen (among other possibilities).


Although the real percentage of desktops running Linux is very hard to assess, independent sources, who have no interest in delivering misinformation to western consumers, also estimate the worldwide percentage installed base of desktop Linux to be somewhere between 5% and 12%.

Note also that installed base is not market share. Because it is not offered in mass-market stores, the vast majority of consumers simply have no opportunity to buy a Linux desktop system.

If you see a figure of 1% quoted for Linux desktops, as you often do, it is purely a marketing myth. You are being urged to "pay no heed to that man behind the curtain".

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