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[News] It's All the Fault of GNU/Linux... Microsoft's Massive Layoffs

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Linux leader on Microsoft woes

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| Microsoft today laid off 1,400 workers, with another 3,600 on the block 
| within 18 months. We asked Linux Foundation Director Jim Zemlin what if any 
| role Linux played in Microsoft's misfortunes, how Microsoft will react, and 
| what it could mean for Linux and the open source community. Enjoy . . . !   
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http://linuxdevices.com/articles/AT8154244993.html

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090122-microsoft-sees-profits-fall-starts-layoffs.html 

"Client software felt the slump in PC sales, and was further harmed by the
shift to netbooks; many of these run Linux, which helps Microsoft not at all."

http://caps.fool.com/blogs/viewpost.aspx?bpid=133810&t=01008616547623863168

"Search engines be da**ed, it's the OS that generates money - if the world
switches to linux, it will switch to OpenOffice too."
 
http://www.crn.com/software/212902058

"Microsoft, like much of the IT industry, was caught off-guard by the rapid
rise of the netbook category, but moved quickly to offer a netbook-specific
version of XP Home to stem the tide of Linux on netbooks. When one considers
that getting some revenue is better than getting none, that was a wise move."

http://reddevnews.com/news/article.aspx?editorialsid=10537

"Microsoft can't charge $80 or $100 when there's Linux for free on netbooks,"
Rosoff said. On regular PC sales, Microsoft's profit margins are typically
about 70 percent to 80 percent, he explained."


Recent:

Cheap PCs Weigh on Microsoft

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| But most netbooks have less processing power than their full-featured cousins
| and can’t run high-spec versions of Windows, the world’s most widely used
| operating system. Microsoft is selling netbook makers cheaper, lighter
| versions of its operating system, but some manufacturers cut it out
| altogether by using Linux, an open-source OS. About 30% of netbooks, which
| sell for as little as $300, run a version of Linux.
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http://blogs.wsj.com/biztech/2008/12/08/cheap-pcs-weigh-on-microsoft/


Will the netbook cannibalize the traditional PC market?

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| Will netbooks ultimately put the Linux OS on an equal footing with Windows in
| terms of market share? Probably not. Given how consumers view netbooks right
| now -- more as a "mini laptop" than as another category of device in its own
| right-- an ultra mobile device more in line with a mobile Internet device
| (MID) than a PC -- consumers are favoring Windows.
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| "As consumers come to view it as less of a PC and more of a tool to access
| the Internet that happens to look like a laptop because of its larger screen
| and keyboard, then they will probably come to accept Linux more readily,"
| Solis said. "In addition, only x86-based processors from Intel and Via (AMD
| had not yet jumped into this game) can support Windows. x86 also support
| Linux. The competing platform base would be ARM -- mostly with Cortex A-8 and
| Cortex A-9 based processors from ARM itself and its licensees. These
| platforms do not support Windows XP or Vista, but they do support full PC
| versions of Linux (that would be optimized for netbooks and MIDs)."
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http://www.echannelline.com/usa/story.cfm?item=24078
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