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NewsForge: Gartner Report on Linux Computers Aiding Windows Piracy May Be Correct--For Now

Oct 14, 2004, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
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" Last month Gartner released a report with the title, 'Linux Has a Fight on its Hands in Emerging PC Markets.' The report's summary says, 'Vendors in these markets often sell PCs with Linux to avoid Microsoft's fees. But about 80 percent of these machines end up running pirate copies of Windows. We assess Linux's prospects as Microsoft starts to get tough.' I spoke with Annette Jump, the report's author, and she isn't sure the future of desktop Linux is as bleak as that headline and summary make it sound..."

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