"In one sense, the Redmond monopoly is self-perpetuating. The
first reason Linux doesn't have a stronger foothold in the market
is because Windows is already there. For most people their first
experience with a computer is Windows. That's the operating system
bundled with almost every desktop and laptop you can buy from
"Consequently, any competing operating system is at a
disadvantage from the beginning: unless a person seeks out Linux or
is introduced to it in some way there will be no catalyst for
change. Even if the computer operator grumbles about Vista's many
foibles, they will lump it often not realising that a choice
"Here is where it becomes self-feeding. ASUS last year brought
out their diminutive 7" Eee Linux PC. At the time this was not
known as a netbook, because that moniker did not exist - until it
had to be coined so it could be assigned to the faddish craze that
this very same Eee brought to life."
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