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USA Today: Linux May Carve Out Bigger Niche in Desktop PC Market

Feb 18, 2004, 18:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Byron Acohido)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"A British tech consultant has launched an unusual project that puts tech buyers in position to do something largely unheard of in tech circles: wrangle price cuts from Microsoft.

"The Incubator Club guarantees anonymity for tech buyers wanting to evaluate Linux. Founder Eddie Bleasdale of consultancy Netproject got the idea after helping the London borough of Newham test Linux desktop programs last fall.

"Not long after the testing got underway, Microsoft offered Newham a 30% discount on Windows and Office upgrades for 5,000 PCs, Bleasdale says. Borough officials promptly ditched Linux and snapped up Microsoft's discount..."

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