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A Future Without Microsoft

Jun 13, 2008, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)

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"So, more and more people today are installing GNU/Linux (specifically, Ubuntu) on their laptops: it doesn't matter if you can't play many games on it, it's much much faster, it doesn't get attacked by viruses and Trojans every other minute, it's free, and well, it's a good idea to install it even just to have a look at it. Dell offering GNU/Linux laptops (and then expanding the product line) made a huge difference to the GNU/Linux market. Others will soon follow suit..."

"Microsoft has very few weapons to fight this: Windows XP for sub-notebooks will be a joke, compared to a fully-featured Ubuntu Netbook Remix (which comes with OpenOffice); Windows Mobile will put them to shame when compared to Android, which will eat up the already small share Windows Mobile has managed to acquire in 11 years of existence; and while there might well be a computer on every desk, well, it will be the 'old' computer, hardly ever turned on. Maybe for the kids to play with, and strictly not connected to the internet. So, it's going to be interesting. Let's just watch out for those silly patent laws which might turn this dream future into a small nightmare..."

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