Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 14th Dec 2005 23:30 UTC, submitted by LinuxFanBoy
Editorial Today, we cannot know if people would still buy Microsoft products because the government protects the monopoly. What percentage of the market would Microsoft have in a fair market? The only way we can answer that last question is to stop manufacturers from preloading Windows. Until then, we do not have a free market. Microsoft has no way to prove itself otherwise, says LXer.
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RE[2]: Lxer
by Bit_Rapist on Thu 15th Dec 2005 03:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Lxer"
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THAT is what set their dominance in motion.

I'll tell you what put them where they are and I remember it quite well.

The COMPETITION AT THE TIME SUCKED and that did it all.

Lets see who had their shit together going into the early-mid nineties to take on MS ?

* Commodore was bankrupt due to mis-management even though the amiga whipped ass on almost everything out there.

* Apple had an OS with a decent gui riding on a shitbag cooperative multi-tasking foundation backed by a management team that was clueless.

* IBM screwed over hundreds of developers and users (yes I was one of them) when they kept changing their mind about OS/2 and totally gave up once win95 shipped without so much as a yelp.

* Be Inc. had an egomaniac at the helm and I'll just leave it at that.

* Linux distros were just starting to show up but the kernel was mostly still in the closet being developed.

Bottom line is that when the time was right, and it mattered most, no one but MS seemed to be paying attention.

The competition was asleep at the wheel and everyone got their asses handed to them AS THEY DESERVED.

Now the question is what happens as we move forward ?

Cry monopoly all day long but MS is still selling strong and I don't see anyone with much of a real plan to stop them.

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