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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 . . . !
"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."
"Search engines be da**ed, it's the OS that generates money - if the world
switches to linux, it will switch to OpenOffice too."
"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."
"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."
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.
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.
| "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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