Linked by David Adams on Fri 12th Aug 2011 03:50 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft no longer thinks Linux poses a threat to its desktop Windows business. Directions on Microsoft's Wes Miller pointed out via Twitter how Microsoft has changed the boilerplate "Competition" section in its last two annual financial filings with the SEC.
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RE: No more a competitor
by flanque on Fri 12th Aug 2011 08:13 UTC in reply to "No more a competitor"
flanque
Member since:
2005-12-15

MacOS is more a threat. Mobile computing is the future anyways. Linux desktops barely blip on the radar. It's inferior, inconsistent and lacks any real unified direction.

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RE[2]: No more a competitor
by TechGeek on Fri 12th Aug 2011 14:34 in reply to "RE: No more a competitor"
TechGeek Member since:
2006-01-14

And yet Linux is everywhere. Linux is running on more hardware and devices than any other OS. The desktop market is rapidly changing and desktop and mobile environments merge.

I'll tell you what Linux gives me that I would kill for in Windows. Integrated updates. I build my fedora box, I have it up to date all the time, never have to screw with it. In Windows, 6 months after I install the software, I have to go hunt down new versions and reinstall it all. A few things auto update themselves, but not most.

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RE[3]: No more a competitor
by flanque on Sat 13th Aug 2011 01:55 in reply to "RE[2]: No more a competitor"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

I'd love to know how that tarball install is auto updated.

It's also about the desktop, not routers, TVs, toasters or whatever you want to use to make your 1% market share on the desktop look better than it really is.

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RE[3]: No more a competitor
by avgalen on Sun 14th Aug 2011 12:40 in reply to "RE[2]: No more a competitor"
avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

I agree that unified update is missing on Windows. It is the one good thing about appstores and web-applications: They make people use new versions. (good for home, not always good for business, but let's not go to deep)

HOWEVER, just because Microsoft doesn't provide a nice tool for this, doesn't mean others don't! You (and every Windows user!) should check out http://ninite.com/
Basically, I run Microsoft Update to update all my Microsoft software and drivers and my own ninite.exe to update 90% of my other software. That basically leaves only Total Commander that I need to update manually and that is barely a "hunt" (http://ghisler.com/amazons3.php)

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RE[2]: No more a competitor
by riversj on Tue 16th Aug 2011 00:18 in reply to "RE: No more a competitor"
riversj Member since:
2011-03-18

"It's inferior, inconsistent and lacks any real unified direction."

There is no denying the lack of consistency however some consider this more of a strength than a weakness.
As for it being inferior, you are incorrect. Lower resource usage, multi user security model, modular drivers !> inferior.

Unfortunately you are correct with the lack of direction, it will keep Linux off the mainstream desktop forever.

Edited 2011-08-16 00:27 UTC

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