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New Yankee Group Study Sees Increased Users for Linux, Mac

Aug 07, 2002, 17:30 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray, Lisa Gill)

[ Thanks to Thomas Scorpa and Greg Stevens for these links. ]

digitalMass: Microsoft's New Software Policy Leaves Many Customers Fuming

"Microsoft Corp.'s new program for selling its software to businesses may mean bigger profits for the world's largest software company. But according to a Boston research firm, the new Microsoft policy has infuriated many customers, and some could respond by switching to Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh or the free Linux operating system.

"'The fact that folks are even willing to entertain the thought is something I haven't seen before,' said Laura DiDio, senior analyst at the Yankee Group, a technology research firm. 'I have been covering Microsoft for 14 or 15 years, and I've never seen this level of anger, of outrage, of dissatisfaction...'"

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NewsFactor: Windows Dissatisfaction Bolsters Mac, Linux

"Apple's Mac OS X is at its highest popularity peak to date, while the adoption of Linux has gained impressive momentum as both go up against the most widely used operating system in the world, Microsoft, a research firm said Tuesday...

"The study also noted an increase in the adoption of Linux as the 'un-Windows' solution, particularly as companies become increasingly dissatisfied with Microsoft's complex and expensive licensing structure..."

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