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  • Linux no longer a threat for Microsoft

    It seems MS doesn't consider Linux a threat anymore:

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/micro...in-rivals/3756

    Kind of sad, don't you think? Because it means Desktop Linux has failed as a serious Windows alternative, and that comes from someone who viewed it as a competitor in the past and wanted to destroy it before it does any damage. Is this a wake-up call? Will anyone care? Or will Linux continue to be a set of software thrown together that works in a manner that J. Random User can only laugh at?
    Last edited by RealNC; 08-21-2011, 05:37 PM.

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    Just because M$ has [once again] gone Public with their distorted view of reality, that does not constitute any type of failure by Linux, as a desktop OS.... in the slightest.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tnthomas View Post
      Just because M$ has [once again] gone Public with their distorted view of reality, that does not constitute any type of failure by Linux, as a desktop OS.... in the slightest.
      MS' view of reality isn't distorted. Otherwise, they wouldn't be making such ridiculous amounts of money, don't you think? They know very well what's happening. And they were afraid of Linux. Now they're not.

      Of course, blind Linux fanatics wouldn't be able to see that. They wear glasses with blinders and walk like penguins.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RealNC View Post
        MS' view of reality isn't distorted. Otherwise, they wouldn't be making such ridiculous amounts of money, don't you think? They know very well what's happening. And they were afraid of Linux. Now they're not.

        Of course, blind Linux fanatics wouldn't be able to see that. They wear glasses with blinders and walk like penguins.
        The very notion that M$ is "declaring victory" is indicative of their distorted view. Thankfully, blind Linux fanatics are not all that concerned about what M$ chooses to bluster about, as only the true-believer M$ drones would find such drivel relevant.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tnthomas View Post
          The very notion that M$ is "declaring victory"
          MS did not "declare victory". That was a sensationalist title by ZDNet. What is important is that MS does not view Linux as a Desktop competitor anymore.

          Do not be blinded by what some journalist decides to title an article. Only pay attention to the actual facts. In this case, the removal of Linux as a threat to Microsoft's status quo. You can bet your ass that if MS analysts think that Linux isn't making it on the desktop, then that isn't a good sign at all.

          Edit:
          Where did you see "drivel" in the MS document? Care to point at it? Please do.
          Last edited by RealNC; 08-23-2011, 01:27 AM.

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          • #6
            First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
            It really is just point of view. With the two separate business models, it was never a fight they could win. The amount of money they would have spent with their FUD campaigns etc., but Linux is here, still growing ever so slightly.

            In concerns against Google and Apple, who both use the same business model as M$ does, it is something tangible that they can target.
            They can judge it by market share and income etc. and ego boost themselves with a win or whatever.

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            • #7
              Perhaps it's merely linux on mobile being a greater threat than on desktop, and so the pipe-brained MS only concentrates on the mobile.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RealNC View Post
                MS' view of reality isn't distorted. Otherwise, they wouldn't be making such ridiculous amounts of money, don't you think? They know very well what's happening. And they were afraid of Linux. Now they're not.

                Of course, blind Linux fanatics wouldn't be able to see that. They wear glasses with blinders and walk like penguins.
                What a bull. Apple should be afraid of Linux much more than MS and I don't remember Apple mentioning Linux as a competition. Apple chose the second option (to ignore not to fight) which was picked now by MS. Btw. isn't the same Linux doing from the beginning?
                Last edited by kraftman; 08-23-2011, 04:28 AM.

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                • #9
                  O.K., I gave the article a read, I'm really unconcerned with what M$ and it's slick marketing team dump off in the public domain. It's a little like saying that Liechtenstein has been vanquished, and will no longer be a threat to the Soviet Union. Linux made some inroads in the desktop OS market, a little while back. But with less than 2% share Linux never could keep the momentum up. No big deal, they still(and always will) pwn the server market and the majority of the internet infrastructure.

                  I'm sure that Microsoft will be a source of annoyance for both Apple and Google for years-to-come, but since by their own words- M$ admits to tossing in the towel on innovation, well...it's just a matter of time. As SCO has[hopefully] learned, a company can't boost their profits simply by litigation.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by kraftman View Post
                    Apple should be afraid of Linux much more than MS and I don't remember Apple mentioning Linux as a competition.
                    On the desktop, they don't see linux as competition knowing that linux is somewhat handcuffed in what they are able to implement in a timely fashion. The attitude towards linux there is "oh that's nice" and they move along.

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