On Netbooks and Redmond, Death and Taxes
Apr 02, 2009, 17:32 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
""Yes, users of GNU/Linux pay a tax to M$," blogger Robert
Pogson told LinuxInsider in an email. "They do it directly if they
buy a PC or hard drive with that other OS installed, but they may
also do it indirectly with any partner of M$ (nearly anyone in
IT...) because a partner is required to promote that other OS."
"Not all taxes are paid in the form of money, either, Pogson
"For example: "I waste time every day because some of the
systems in my building run that other OS," he said. "It complicates
my life to have to deal with it. Instead of a secure LAN, I have a
dangerous place, because every client running that other OS can
spam the place if overrun by malware."
"In other words, "Time is money," he noted."