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ars technica: Death of Linux on netbooks greatly exaggerated

Apr 17, 2009, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Although it sounds like Linux is out of the match, Microsoft's message doesn't entirely reflect reality. LeBlanc strategically omitted some relevant contextual information in his recitation of the NPD statistics. Specifically, the NPD study only counts sales from brick-and-mortar retail stores and doesn't include Internet purchases, which make up a very significant chunk of computer sales.

"His statements about Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, are also misleading. It is unclear to me how he can cite Canonical in reference to MSI return rates, as MSI's Linux-based Wind netbooks ship with Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED), not with Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution.

"Chris Kenyon, Canonical's OEM services head, took issue with this error. Kenyon wrote a response in the official Canonical blog. He says that LeBlanc's characterization of Linux as unpopular on netbooks is an "oversimplification" and he criticizes Microsoft for erroneously contending that Canonical has confirmed MSI's return rate statistics."

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